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