Michipicoten, finally a boat we can see

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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 Towing, reflagged Canadian and renamed. Parts of the boat were built in Sparrows Point, Maryland and shipped to Chicago by way of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers for final assembly. Listen above as she salutes the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge as she departed today.

Michipicoten makes a wide turn in Duluth

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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) side. (below)
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Michipicoten greets Labor Day visitors to Duluth

The Michipicoten comes to Duluth on Labor Day weekend, 2011
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)

Michipicoten arriving Duluth

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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 Ports this year. The Michipicoten 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. They changed the flag from US to Canadian and renamed it the Michipicoten after the river in Ontario that eventually empties into Lake Superior. The name means "big bluffs" in Ojibwe and refers to the large hills located near the river’s mouth. Photo taken January 12, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-31-2007

Michipicoten loading taconite

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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 April, 2003. It now sails the Great Lakes as the Canadian flagged Michipicoten. The boat is still true to its roots: it continues to load taconite. On each of the 7 trips the boat has made to the Twin Ports this year, it has loaded taconite, mostly at Burlington Northern in Superior, but also, as today, at the CN Dock in West Duluth. Above, it loaded taconite there in 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-01-2006