John J. Boland and the Vistas

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American Steamship sold their boat called the John J. Boland in 1999. It became the Canadian flagged Saginaw. The company then renamed the Charles E. Wilson to the John J. Boland. It came in last night (pictured, in background) with a cargo of limestone picked up in Calcite, Michigan. After discharging that cargo at Graymont’s Superior Plant, previously called CLM (Cutler-Magner), it will depart this morning for Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets for a Mittal steel plant in Indiana Harbor. The Boland is seen entering the harbor last night behind the Vista King and to the right of the Vista Queen. The two Vista boats are in front since they are celebrating the company’s 50th birthday today. Photo taken on June 26, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-27-2009

John J. Boland departs Duluth ship canal

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The John J. Boland was expected to arrive with the sun this morning to load coal at Midwest Energy to take to the Reiss dock in Ashland. It will then return here to load iron ore pellets at the BNSF dock in Superior to take to the Pinney dock in Ashtabula. This is the 13th trip here this season for the Boland. As on these two trips this weekend, it loaded coal in half the visits and iron ore pellets the other half.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-15-2008

Boland arrives under Aerial Lift Bridge

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The John J. Boland came under the Lift Bridge on Wednesday afternoon (above) to load iron ore pellets for steel mills in Gary. This is only the 7th trip here for the boat. It makes a lot of stops in a lot of ports between here and Cleveland carrying a variety of cargos. It sometimes brings limestone in, although not on this trip. It loads both coal and iron ore pellets when in the Twin Ports. She is powered by two 3,600 horsepower GM diesel engines and has both bow and stern thrusters. Photo taken on September 10,2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-11-2008

John J. Boland passes South Pier Light

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The John J. Boland loaded limestone in Calcite, Michigan. After discharging that cargo here, it has been loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. They will take that cargo to Milwaukee, leaving sometime this morning. This is the Boland’s 6th trip here this season. That is about right for this time of year. It has been here between 9 and 13 times for the last several seasons. The Boland started life in 1973 as the Charles E. Wilson. When American Steamship Company’s boat called the John C. Boland was sold to Lower Lakes Towing a couple years ago, their boat called the Charles E. Wilson became the new John C. Boland. Above, it is departing Duluth in December, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-31-2007

Boland approaches Aerial Lift Bridge

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The John J. Boland loaded limestone at Calcite, Michigan and should be here this afternoon to discharge that cargo before moving over to the CN dock in West Duluth to load taconite pellets for a Mittal steel mill in Indiana Harbor. This is the 4th trip here this season for the Boland, all of them to load taconite, although the first three found it loading at the Burlington Northern dock in Superior. The Boland started life in 1973 as the Charles E. Wilson. When American Steamship Company’s boat called the John C. Boland was sold to Lower Lakes Towing in 2001, their boat called the Charles E. Wilson became the new John C. Boland, seen above arriving in Duluth on July 13th, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-02-2007

John J. Boland departing Twin Ports

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The John J. Boland will be here today to load taconite for Lorain, Ohio. This is the Boland’s 3rd trip here this season, about the same as the last two years, each of which found it coming here 9 times. The Boland started life in 1973 as the Charles E. Wilson. When American Steamship Company’s boat called the John C. Boland was sold to Lower Lakes Towing a couple years ago, their boat called the Charles E. Wilson became the new John C. Boland (above).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-28-2006

John J. Boland

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The John J. Boland will be here today for the first time this season. It came 9 times last year. The boat started life in 1973 as the Charles E. Wilson. When American Steamship Company’s boat called the John J. Boland was sold to Lower Lakes Towing in 2000, their boat called the Charles E. Wilson became the new John J. Boland. The picture above was taken in March last year at the end of the winter layup, just before the boat departed Duluth to start the season. That’s the boat’s 250-foot self unloader in the middle of the picture.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-08-2006