For the Machinery theme Dec. 5, 2015: This is a “hulett,” an automatic ore unloader invented by George Hulett of Ohio (patented by him in 1896). The first working machine was built in 1899 at Conneaut Harbor, which is not far from the Ashtabula Harbor where this model – which is only 18 feet of the whole original Hulett – still stands. The machine has been credited with revolutionizing iron ore shipping on the Great Lakes, replacing hoists, buckets and lots of hand labor. In 1908, Ashtabula had eight of these babies (according to info at Ashtabula Harbor and on Wikipedia).
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© Monnie Ryan