American Victory in for winter layup

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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 Pond. More formally, it sits at the berth just north of #1 dry dock. The Edward L. Ryerson is also at the shipyard in Superior. It came in on November 4th. Photo taken on November 26, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-27-2008

Middletown

Previous names:
Marquette: 1942-1942
Neshanic: 1942-1947
Gulfoil: 1947-1961
Pioneer Challenger: 1961-1962
Middletown: 1962-2006
American Victory: 2006-

The American Victory has been in long term layup since November of 2008, in Superior, WI
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2008Aug26_0931PRODThe American Victory, formerly the Middletown, is one of the oldest and most historic boats on the Great Lakes. She was built as the Marquette in 1942 at Sparrows Point, Maryland. Later that same year, she became the Neshanic. During the Second World War the ship saw duty on both the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean as a tanker. She is credited with shooting down an enemy aircraft and was also hit by a Japanese bomber while refueling a destroyer in the Pacific.
In 1947, she was renamed the Gulfoil when she was purchased by the Gulf Oil Company. In 1958, she was in a collision with another tanker and lost many of her crew members. Although heavily damaged, she was repaired, and converted to a Great Lakes bulk carrier called the Pioneer Challenger. In 1962, her name was changed to the hometown of the Armco Steel Company, Middletown, Ohio. In 2006, she was sold by Oglebay Norton to American Steamship and became the American Victory. Picture above taken Tuesday, August 26, 2008 arriving Duluth when she was the American Victory.
For pictures and information about her when she was the American Victory, go here.
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Picture above taken Saturday, November 5, 2005
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Picture above taken Saturday, October 8, 2005
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Above, she departs Duluth on April  23, 2004. Below, I visited the boat on October 30, 2004 while she was discharging a cargo of limestone
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Middletown captain Ted Olm was checking his charts in the pilot house while the Middletown was discharging a cargo of limestone. She loaded a cargo of iron ore pellets before departing the Port.
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Then, he gave me a tour of his boat, which is a walk back in history. My guess is the two pictures below show equipment that might have been original; but they were not in use any more.
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The original engine has been long gone; below are pictures from my visit; hard to tell now what is still in use.
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I took the picture of the picture of the boat as it was during World War 2, below, a picture that shows all the gun placements on the boat.
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middletownthanksgivingmenuI visited the Middletown on November 24, 2004, the day before Thanksgiving, a bad choice; had I waited a day, I could have celebrated with them. Click the menu here to see what I missed. Below, steward John (Waldo) Wagner prepares the turkeys. He was nice enough to share their dinner that night with me, delicious salmon/crab croquettes.
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Picture below taken Wednesday, December 22, 2004
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Above and below, going under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, from the bridge, on June 19, 2003
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Picture above taken July 24, 2001 while she was under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge as she departed the port; picture below taken Tuesday, November 20, 2001: entering the Duluth ship canal
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American Victory turns in harbor

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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 boat retains the same colors it sailed with when owned by Oglebay Norton. However, the stack has been repainted to reflect the new owners.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-14-2007

American Victory no longer Middletown

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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 Neshanic, serving as a tanker in both the Atlantic and Pacific during World War II. It was awarded nine service stars, one for each major battle it was in. It was hit by a Japanese bomb in 1944.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-09-2007

American Victory arriving Duluth

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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 cargo of limestone. The boat retains the same colors it sailed with when owned by Oglebay Norton. However, the stack has been repainted to reflect the new owners.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-05-2006

Middletown is now American Victory

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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 will go to Silver Bay to load taconite pellets for Cleveland.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-23-2006

Middletown loads taconite

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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 receive very many cargos of coal from Midwest Energy Resources. But the Canadian Transport will be here, doing what it was built to do and still does on a very regular basis, carry coal from Midwest Energy to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. The Middletown, seen above loading taconite in November, 2004, will also load taconite today.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-01-2006

The historic Middletown arrives

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The historic Middletown arrived in the Twin Ports yesterday to discharge limestone. It was the second trip here this season. The Frontenac is expected to arrive today for its first visit of the season. It will load taconite. Last year, the Canadian flagged Frontenac was here 16 times while the Middletown made 20 trips. The Middletown was built in 1942 as the Neshanic, serving as a tanker in both the Atlantic and Pacific during World War II. It was awarded nine service stars, one for each major battle it was in. It was hit by a Japanese bomb in 1944. Since then, it has been renamed several times, rebuilt and lengthened. It was here 12 times last year, usually, as today, discharging limestone.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/12/2006

Middletown unloads limestone

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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 News Tribune for publication on 10-02-2005

Middletown a handsome vessel

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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 publication on 08-27-2005

Middletown here with limestone

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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