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