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