Boland back in service today

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The John J. Boland departing today (May 17, 2014) is one happy result of the delayed start to the shipping season. The Boland came in for winter layup on January 12th, 2013 and has been sitting at Fraser Shipyards in Superior until today when she was called back into service to help with the backlog of cargo. She left under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this afternoon, on her way to Silver Bay to load iron ore pellets for hungry steel mills on the lower lakes.  She will discharge the pellets at the Cleveland Bulk Terminal at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. Those pellets will be loaded into smaller, river boats and carried to steel mills up river.
The saltwater vessel Apollon sits at anchor just beyond the Lift Bridge surrounded by the ice that refuses to melt.

Coming home for the winter

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The John J. Boland was greeted by a cold but hearty group when she came in for winter layup on Saturday afternoon, January 12, 2013 (temperature was 17 degrees F with the wind at 16 mph). Just below, the American Century came in at 7:56, Friday night, January 11, 2013. By Saturday morning she was tied up at the Port Terminal (just below). Below that, the Mesabi Miner is seen at her winter resting spot at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior on Saturday. She arrived on January 8th.
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Nick gets two, three times, in Two Harbors

Nick Stenstrup took the three pictures below, the first this past December and the two below that last July. He tells us what he saw below.
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On December 22, 2012, the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. loaded iron ore pellets at the CN conveyor dock in Two Harbors while the John J. Boland waited on the other side. I took this picture and the two below from the Two Harbors break wall.
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On July 1, 2012, the Capt. Henry Jackman loaded iron ore pellets at the conveyor dock while the Indiana Harbor waited.
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The next day, I caught the Edwin H. Gott loading iron ore pellets at the conveyor dock while the Cason J. Callaway waited to do the same.

Boland, Munson in Duluth Superior Port for winter layup

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The John J. Boland and the John G. Munson in winter layup at Fraser Shipyards on Superior. The Boland arrived on January 5th, 2012; the Munson on January 16th. Both are expected out for the new season; perhaps in late March, or April.

Boland in for winter layup

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This is the 6th time the John J. Boland has come under the Lift Bridge this season. On her 5 previous visits this year, all after September 20, she usually brought limestone in and loaded coal for her departing cargo. On her September 20th trip here, she discharged limestone and then went to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. She came in this morning (January 5, 2012) for  winter layup, the first of 8 vessels scheduled to arrive here in the next two weeks for winter layup. She will be at Fraser Shipyards. Two other vessels, the American Victory and the Edward L. Ryerson, are already at Fraser on extended layup.

Boland leaves for Marquette

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The John J. Boland came into port around 2 am on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 to load coal at Midwest Energy in Superior. She left around 3:30 in the afternoon (above) for Marquette, Michigan.
Click below to hear her as she sounded a salute to the bridge, and to those of us greeting her:

The James R. Barker came into port for coal ….

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on Saturday morning, November 21, 2009. The John J. Boland, loaded with limestone, was behind her but turned off to wait at the anchorage. Go here, James R. Barker for more info, including video.

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 here instead of Silver Bay

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Unless the Edward L. Ryerson departed on Sunday night, there was no traffic going in or out of the port yesterday. Today, the John J. Boland, seen above departing Duluth last July 4th, is making its first trip to the Twin Ports this season. It was originally set to load iron ore pellets at Silver Bay but it is now coming to the Twin Ports where it will load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. It spent the winter lay up at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-07-2008

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

Boland visits many ports

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Today, the John J. Boland will load 26,000 tons of low sulfur coal for Wisconsin Electric Power in Milwaukee. This boat moves around. Some other ports of call this season: In Michigan: Burns Harbor, Calcite, Charlevoix, Grand Haven, Marquette, Monroe, Port Dolomite, Presque Isle, Stoneport and Zug Island. Ohio: Ashtabula, Cleveland, Conneaut, Lorain, Sandusky and Toledo. New York: Lackawanna. Indiana: Indiana Harbor; Wisconsin: Manitowoc. Ontario: Nanticoke. Pennsylvania: Erie. Minnesota: Silver Bay, Superior and Duluth.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-28-2005

John J. Boland self-unloader

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The John J. Boland will load taconite after discharging limestone. The self unloader on her deck (above) was used to discharge the limestone and will be used to discharge the taconite in Lorain, Ohio. When loading cargo, the boom is moved to the side so it will be out of the way. Photo taken March 25, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-05-2005

Boland approaches Aerial Lift Bridge

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The John J. Boland 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 a couple years ago, the Charles E. Wilson became the new John J. Boland (above).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-06-2005

On the deck of the John J. Boland

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The John J. Boland 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 a couple years ago, the Charles E. Wilson became the new John J. Boland. Above, taken last week from the deck of the Boland while it was at its winter layup berth at the Port Authority.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-29-2005

John J. Boland

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The John J. Boland will be here today for the 8th time this season. On this trip, it will be loading taconite at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. It started life in 1973 as the Charles E. Wilson but became the Boland when American Steamship Company sold another boat called the John C. Boland to Lower Lakes Towing a couple years ago.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-29-2004

John J. Boland

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The John J. Boland 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 a couple years ago, the Charles E. Wilson became the new John J. Boland (above).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-22-2004

Boland brings limestone

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The John J. Boland is expected today for the 4th time this season. It is bringing in limestone from Port Inland, Michigan, as it did on one other trip. It loaded coal on the two other visits.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-20-2004

Boland departs Duluth shipping canal

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The John J. 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 J. Boland (above).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-07-2004