Michipicoten, finally a boat we can see

The Canadian flagged Michipicoten departed Duluth this afternoon (March 23, 2016)  at 5:30 with the first cargo to leave the port, iron ore pellets from the CN dock in West Duluth. She is the former US flagged Elton Hoyt 2nd. The Hoyt sat idle at the Fraser Shipyards for 3 years after a career on the Great Lakes that started when she was built in 1952. In April, 2003, she was sold to Lower Lakes … [Read more...]

Michipicoten makes a wide turn in Duluth

Not sure what happened but you can watch what happened complements of Dennis O’Hara; the Michipicoten appeared to make a wide turn as she was departing the port, then was able to back away (above), correct her position and went under the Lift Bridge without further incident. I took this top picture at the back of the Paulucci Building; she of course eventually found her way to the correct (other) … [Read more...]

Michipicoten greets Labor Day visitors to Duluth

She is making her 3rd trip to Duluth Superior this season, coming in to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. (for more on the Michipicoten, click here) … [Read more...]

Michipicoten arriving Duluth

The Canadian flagged Michipicoten will be here to load taconite at the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior. Normally, that would mean the boat would be coming in the Superior entry, but the Michipicoten will be getting fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock at the Port Terminal, so it will come in the Duluth entry, although that will probably be in the very early morning. It is the 5th visit to the Twin … [Read more...]

Michipicoten loading taconite

The Michipicoten should be here today loading taconite. Around here, this boat is known better by its former name, the Elton Hoyt 2nd. It was named for a man who developed the company town of Hoyt Lakes on the Iron Range and connected it by rail with a new taconite plant on Lake Superior at Taconite Harbor. After three years sitting idle at Fraser Shipyard, it was sold to Lower Lakes Towing in … [Read more...]

Michipicoten approaching Duluth

The Canadian flagged Michipicoten will be here to take on fuel in Duluth and then move over to the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior to load taconite. It is the 3rd visit to the Twin Ports for the boat this year. It is the former US flagged Elton Hoyt 2nd. As the Hoyt, it sat idle in Superior from 2000 until 2003 when it was purchased by Lower Lakes Towing, renamed and reflagged … [Read more...]

Michipicoten here for taconite

The Michipicoten will be here today to load taconite at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. It is the former US flagged Elton Hoyt 2nd. As the Hoyt, it sat idle in Superior from 2000 until April, 2003 when it was purchased by Lower Lakes Towing, reflagged Canadian and renamed the Michipicoten. This is the boat's 8th trip here this season. As today, it loaded taconite on the first 7. *submitted … [Read more...]

Michipicoten has new life

The Canadian flagged Michipicoten will be here to take on fuel in Duluth and then move over to the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior to load taconite. It is the 7th visit to the Twin Ports for the boat this year. It is the former US flagged Elton Hoyt 2nd. As the Hoyt, it sat idle in Superior from 2000 until last year when it was purchased by Lower Lakes Towing, renamed and reflagged Canadian. … [Read more...]

Michipicoten sails again

The Michipicoten will be here today to load taconite at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. It is the former US flagged Elton Hoyt 2nd. As the Hoyt, it sat idle in Superior from 2000 until last year when it was purchased by Lower Lakes Towing and renamed and reflagged Canadian. Photo taken January 12, 2004. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-29-2004 … [Read more...]

Michipicoten in Duluth

The Canadian flagged Michipicoten is loading taconite in Superior today. She is the former US flagged Elton Hoyt 2nd. As the Hoyt, she sat idle in Superior from 2000 until last April, when she was purchased by Lower Lakes Towing and renamed. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/6/2004 … [Read more...]