Michipicoten arriving Duluth

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The Canadian flagged Michipicoten will be here to load taconite at the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior. Normally, that would mean the boat would be coming in the Superior entry, but the Michipicoten will be getting fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock at the Port Terminal, so it will come in the Duluth entry, although that will probably be in the very early morning. It is the 5th visit to the Twin Ports this year. The Michipicoten is the former US flagged Elton Hoyt 2nd. As the Hoyt, it sat idle in Superior from 2000 until 2003 when it was purchased by Lower Lakes Towing. They changed the flag from US to Canadian and renamed it the Michipicoten after the river in Ontario that eventually empties into Lake Superior. The name means "big bluffs" in Ojibwe and refers to the large hills located near the river’s mouth. Photo taken January 12, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-31-2007

Michipicoten loading taconite

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The Michipicoten should be here today loading taconite. Around here, this boat is known better by its former name, the Elton Hoyt 2nd. It was named for a man who developed the company town of Hoyt Lakes on the Iron Range and connected it by rail with a new taconite plant on Lake Superior at Taconite Harbor. After three years sitting idle at Fraser Shipyard, it was sold to Lower Lakes Towing in April, 2003. It now sails the Great Lakes as the Canadian flagged Michipicoten. The boat is still true to its roots: it continues to load taconite. On each of the 7 trips the boat has made to the Twin Ports this year, it has loaded taconite, mostly at Burlington Northern in Superior, but also, as today, at the CN Dock in West Duluth. Above, it loaded taconite there in 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-01-2006

Michipicoten approaching Duluth

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The Canadian flagged Michipicoten will be here to take on fuel in Duluth and then move over to the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior to load taconite. It is the 3rd visit to the Twin Ports for the boat this year. It is the former US flagged Elton Hoyt 2nd. As the Hoyt, it sat idle in Superior from 2000 until 2003 when it was purchased by Lower Lakes Towing, renamed and reflagged Canadian.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-07-2006

Michipicoten here for taconite

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The Michipicoten will be here today to load taconite at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. It is the former US flagged Elton Hoyt 2nd. As the Hoyt, it sat idle in Superior from 2000 until April, 2003 when it was purchased by Lower Lakes Towing, reflagged Canadian and renamed the Michipicoten. This is the boat’s 8th trip here this season. As today, it loaded taconite on the first 7.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-29-2005

Michipicoten has new life

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The Canadian flagged Michipicoten will be here to take on fuel in Duluth and then move over to the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior to load taconite. It is the 7th visit to the Twin Ports for the boat this year. It is the former US flagged Elton Hoyt 2nd. As the Hoyt, it sat idle in Superior from 2000 until last year when it was purchased by Lower Lakes Towing, renamed and reflagged Canadian. Photo taken January 12, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-18-2004

Michipicoten sails again

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The Michipicoten will be here today to load taconite at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. It is the former US flagged Elton Hoyt 2nd. As the Hoyt, it sat idle in Superior from 2000 until last year when it was purchased by Lower Lakes Towing and renamed and reflagged Canadian. Photo taken January 12, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-29-2004

Michipicoten in Duluth

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The Canadian flagged Michipicoten is loading taconite in Superior today. She is the former US flagged Elton Hoyt 2nd. As the Hoyt, she sat idle in Superior from 2000 until last April, when she was purchased by Lower Lakes Towing and renamed.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/6/2004