American Victory in for winter layup

There are two boats already in winter layup. By the end of winter we usually have about 12. We don't usually see any boats arriving here for layup until December, and in a good year, until January. We know this is not a good year. The American Victory came in for layup on November 11th. It is seen above at Fraser Shipyards on Wednesday afternoon, nestled back in what used to be called the Frog … [Read more...]

American Victory turns in harbor

The American Victory will be here today to load coal for Xcel Energy in Ashland. It will then move up to Silver Bay to load taconite for Ashtabula. It visited here many times as the Middletown but became the American Victory when it was sold by Oglebay Norton to American Steamship last Spring. Above, it is entering the Duluth ship canal in June, last year, just after receiving the new name. The … [Read more...]

American Victory no longer Middletown

The American Victory loaded limestone at Port Dolomite, Michigan and should be arriving today to discharge that cargo before going over to Burlington Northern to load taconite for Lorain. It visited here many times as the Middletown as above, in November, 2004. It became the American Victory when it was sold to American Steamship by Oglebay Norton in June, 2006. The boat was built in 1942 as the … [Read more...]

American Victory arriving Duluth

The American Victory loaded limestone in Ashtabula and will be here today to discharge it. It will then move over to the Burlington Northern dock in Superior to load taconite for Lorain, Ohio. It visited here many times as the Middletown. It became the American Victory when it was sold by Oglebay Norton to American Steamship last Spring. Above, it is entering the Duluth harbor in June, also with a … [Read more...]

Middletown is now American Victory

The American Victory came into port last night (above) with a load of limestone picked up at Port Dolomite, Michigan. It was formerly the Middletown but when it was sold by Oglebay Norton to American Steamship a few weeks ago, the name and some paint on the hull of the boat were changed. It now has an American Steamship color stack, red and black. When it completes discharging the limestone, it … [Read more...]

Middletown loads taconite

Three more boats will be here today to load coal. The Columbia Star will load coal for Consumers Energy's Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan, a port half way to Chicago on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. The American Mariner will be taking coal down the other side of Lake Michigan to Milwaukee where it will be used in power plants operated by Wisconsin Electric Power. Both ports do not … [Read more...]

Middletown unloads limestone

The Middletown will be here today to discharge a cargo of limestone as she did last October 30th (above). It will then load taconite for a downbound cargo. Built in 1942, the boat saw duty as a tanker in both the Atlantic and the Pacific during World War II. It was hit by a Japanese bomb in 1944. Since then, it has been renamed several times, rebuilt and lengthened. *submitted to the Duluth … [Read more...]

Middletown a handsome vessel

The Middletown will be here for the 84th time since 1996. That's a pretty good pace for a boat that is 63 years old. It is the ninth trip this season. It saw duty in both the Atlantic and the Pacific during World War II as a tanker. It was hit by a Japanese bomb in 1944. Since then, it has been renamed several times, rebuilt and lengthened. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for … [Read more...]

Middletown here with limestone

The Middletown will be here this evening with limestone loaded at Port Inland, Michigan. After discharging that cargo, the former World War II tanker will then load taconite for Lorain, Ohio. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-11-2005 … [Read more...]

Middletown captain

Middletown captain Ted Olm was checking his charts (above) while the Middletown was discharging a cargo of limestone last October. The Middletown will be here today with another load of limestone. As last October, they will then load taconite for a downbound cargo. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-05-2005 … [Read more...]

Middletown will load taconite

The Middletown will be here to load taconite at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. It was built in 1942 and saw duty as a tanker in both the Atlantic and the Pacific during World War II. It was hit by a Japanese bomb in 1944. Since then, it has been renamed several times, rebuilt and lengthened. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-07-2005 … [Read more...]