End of the line for oldest active freighter on Great Lakes


(DULUTH, Minn.) — John B. Ford, renowned as the oldest active freighter on the Great Lakes, has been towed to the scrap yard, MLive.com reported. The 111-year-old ship was launched on Dec. 12, 1903, in Lorain, Ohio and had weathered some of the Lakes' biggest storms. "It's not a terribly happy ending," said Steve Haverty, who launched the nonprofit Great Lakes Steamship Society in a bid to preserve the vessel as a museum.

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By Professional Mariner Staff