Joseph H. Thompson has much history

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The tug-barge Joseph H. Thompson (seen above arriving in August, 2002) is due today with a load of limestone. This is the 12th trip here this season. It was one of the first boats of the season when it arrived on March 29th. The barge part is still most of the hull of a boat built in 1944 as the Marine Robin. It crossed the Atlantic several times during the war and was one of the many boats used in the Normandy invasion. In 1990, the vessel was turned into a barge when the stern and part of the hull were removed. A tug was built from the steel that was removed and was then inserted into a notch built into the back of the barge. Photo taken on July 02, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-18-2008

Joseph H. Thompson has long history

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The tug-barge Joseph H. Thompson is due today with a load of limestone. After discharging that cargo, it will load taconite at the Burlington Northern before departing the Superior entry. The barge part is still most of the hull of a boat built in 1944 as the Marine Robin. It crossed the Atlantic several times during the war and was one of the many boats used in the Normandy invasion. In 1990, the vessel was turned into a barge when the stern and part of the hull were removed. A tug was built from the steel that was removed and was then inserted into a notch built into the back of the barge. It was here 14 times in 2003, and has been making fewer trips since then, coming only 5 times last year. This is the second trip this season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-27-2007

Thompson built in 1944

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The Joseph H. Thompson started life in 1944, crossed the ocean several times in the war effort and was present for the Normandy invasion. Today the vessel is a tug barge combination. The barge part is still most of the hull of the boat built in 1944. In 1990, a major renovation took place. The stern and part of the hull were removed, creating the barge. A new tug, the Joseph H. Thompson, Jr., was constructed out of steel that had just been taken out of the hull of the original boat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-13-2004

Thompson has long history

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The Joseph H. Thompson should be here this morning to load taconite. It is a tug-barge combination. The barge has a long and interesting history. Among other things, the barge part was previously the hull of the Marine Robin, a ship that was at the Normandy invasion in 1944.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-08-2004