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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.

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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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