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“Why do you think Baltimore was so successful as a port?” asks Burt Kummerow, president of the Maryland Historical Society. Its location along the Chesapeake Bay? Its moderate climate? “No,” says Kummerow. “It was because of the immortal mud machine.” Huh? Ah, the immortal mud machine. Like many East Coast harbors, Baltimore’s had–and still has– major issues with silt building up. Lucky for us, we had a key advantage: the dredge was invented right here. Flour merchants John and Andrew Ellicott, whose ships required deep ports to transport their cargo, are generally credited with being the first to employ a...
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For Immediate Release Nov. 10, 2010 During President Obama’s historic visit to India last week the White House announced a new sale to India of two dredgers by Ellicott Dredges, LLC of Baltimore, Maryland.  See the White House Press Release here.  Ellicott was included in the White House’s announcement along with other leading American companies such as Boeing, General Electric, Harley-Davidson, Bell Helicopter, and Bucyrus. Maharashtra Maritime Board will be using two Series 370 HP Dragon™ Cutterhead Dredges, the most popular cutter dredge ever built, to maintain fishing ports and various tributaries in the State of Maharashtra, in western India. ...
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