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The Great Lakes freighter J.B. Ford is towed in Lake Superior in June 2001 toward the Twin Ports and the Lafarge terminal, where it would serve as a floating storage vessel. (2001 file / News Tribune)

Effort abandoned to save 111-year-old freighter as museum ship

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The laker J.B. Ford’s days as a survivor appear to be numbered. Having made it through the storms of 1905 and 1913 that counted dozens of ships among its casualties, the Ford will succumb to old age.


The Great Lakes Steamship Society last week abandoned its effort to save the 111-year-old craft as a museum ship. The Ford is docked in Superior.

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