J B Ford Historical Survey @ 30th Gales of November

The J B Ford official number 200666 still docked in Duluth, MN as of 4 November 2017. The ship floated to be visible during Halloween & All Souls Day 2017. Note the ladder to the deck from the dock is gone. The ship will be scrapped, but it is still available to be photographed from a distance.

During the 30th Gales of November guest exhibitors were able to view a handful of items recovered from the Steamship J. B. Ford.  All of these items were purchased from Azcon Metals in Duluth, MN over the summer of 2017.

These included one of 5 surviving decorative crew sinks installed on the ship over the winter of 1903- 1904.

An Atomic Attack Poster from the vessel dated 1956.

One of three surviving 1959 deck cargo flood lights.

The Port Navigation light box.

A wooden life jacket rack.

A survival suit made in 1986, shown on right side of photo.

Author Frederick Stonehouse during the 30th Gales of November. In 2015 he wrote “The Last Laker.” In this book the J. B. Ford was referenced several times. He is holding a piece of wood from the aft house of the J. B. Ford removed in the summer of 2017.

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