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

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

Middletown captain

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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

Middletown will load taconite

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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

Middletown has history

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The Middletown was built in 1942. 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. It is here to discharge a cargo of limestone.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-18-2005

Middletown in Twin Ports for taconite

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The Middletown was here on November 24th to load taconite at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. It will be here today to do the same thing. It was built in 1942 and saw duty in both the Atlantic and the Pacific during World War 2 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 12-21-2004

Middletown brings limestone to Twin Ports

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The Middletown has been bringing limestone into the Twin Ports this year, and loading either taconite or coal for the return trip. Today, it will be here for the 15th time this season and loading taconite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-24-2004

Middletown subs for trucks

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Earlier this week, a saltie became a laker while in the Twin Ports. Today, a laker goes local for a day. The Middletown will come in to the Cutler Stone Dock in Superior to discharge limestone, then go over to Midwest Energy Resources to load 12,000 tons of coal to take back to the Cutler dock. It seems a short distance to take so much coal but it would have taken 480 trucks loading 25 tons each to do the same job.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-30-2004

Middletown named for Middletown

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The Middletown (above departing Duluth on March 23rd this year) was named for the hometown of the Armco Steel Corporation, which is in Middletown, Ohio.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-09-2004

Middletown is a historic boat

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The Middletown (now American Victory) was built in 1942. It saw duty in both the Atlantic and the Pacific during World War 2 as a tanker. 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 4/3/2004