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Historic Inland Steel - John Meyer


 
I served one summer aboard the L.E. Block as a deckhand. These pictures were taken in July 1970 on Kodachrome film using a Nikon F camera.
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This first photo shows one of the watchman. I don't remember his name, but he was a doctoral student from Berkeley who was trying to stay in school as long as possible to keep his 2S draft deferment. This was a summer job for him.
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This shows the forward part of the ship somewhere in the middle of Lake Michigan on our way up to Port Arthur. Most of our trips that summer were to Port Arthur, but we also made two trips to Duluth.
 
 
 

 
 
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This is the first mate (don't remember his name) operating the steam winch as we went through the Sioux locks. I'm not sure why I was on deck and taking pictures because usually they put me over the edge on a bosun's chair and I then handled the lines on the dock to secure the ship. Once I put the lines over the dock cleats, the mate would pull the lever you see in the picture and that would cause the steam winch to tighten the steel lines and move the ship snug against the dock.
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This photo was taken a few seconds after the previous photo, and shows the after section of the ship and one of the buildings at the locks.
 
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This photo shows one of the deckhands. His name was Toby and as I remember he had worked for most of his career in the mines, and decided he wanted more air and light.
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L.E. Block in 1937 and Philip D. Block in 1947 - These older photos were taken by my father and his mother.
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Photo taken in 1915 by my father's mother and is of my great grandfather, my aunt, and my grandfather. My grandfather (on the right) was the Vice President of Sales for Inland Steel during the depression and the war, until his retirement in the early 1950s.
   


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