The 600-foot William G. Mather was once the biggest, grandest steamship in the Cleveland-Cliffs fleet, carrying 14,000 tons of iron ore from the shores of Lake Superior to the steel mills of Lake Erie. Now, the so-called “ship that built Cleveland” is docked in Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor, part of the Great Lakes Science Center…

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Meet Jason Kolar, a mate on a Great Lakes freighter. Kolar, of Cleveland, is the guy right below the captain, who takes care of payroll, manages the deck crew and plan how to load and unload the ship. Kolar, 28, who grew up in Olmsted Falls, spent his summers on Catawba as kid. His uncle…

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“Not bad,” says David Mull, examining a beat-up piece of green plastic on a private beach. “We’ll find a use for it.” Mull finds the beach junk first and a use for it later. His winterized cottage in Madison Township is stuffed with just about anything discarded or washed up on the Lake Erie shore.…

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