Moving B&O Huletts, 1947

Moving B&O Huletts, 1947

In 1947, the New York Central and Baltimore and Ohio Railroads built a new dock at the Lakefront facility. The image above shows the Huletts, iron ore unloaders, being moved to the new dock. In August of 1948, the magazine Popular Mechanics wrote an article about the new facility and described the system of unloading iron ore from lake freighters before those freighters were moved to an adjacent dock to be loaded with coal. Click here to learn more about the coal dumpers at Lakefront. 

In Popular Mechanics, Arthur R. Railton wrote, “[A] section of the dock unloads these floating giants at a rate of 30 tons a minute. Each of the twin buckets of the Hulett ore unloaders digs into the heavy cargo and transfers it to railroad cars in 15-ton bites.”


We want to hear from you! Leave a comment below to tell us about your memories connected to the Huletts at Lakefront Dock.

This exhibit is made possible by visitors like you.  Please consider making a donation to the National Museum of the Great Lakes to help us continue our important work of preserving and making know the history of the Great Lakes.