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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2010
The owners of the Sparrows Point shipyard have filed a federal lawsuit accusing the present and former owners of the old Bethlehem Steel mill on the Patapsco River peninsula of contaminating the dock and ship repair facility with cancer-causing benzene and other hazardous chemicals. SPS Limited Partnership and SPS 35, a limited liability corporation, are demanding cleanup and compensation for their own cleanup costs from Severstal North America, the 120-year-old steel mill's current owner, and from Arcelormittal USA, which owned the mill from 2005 until 2008.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2013
Alexander Moulton completed a four-year apprenticeship program last year to become a painter at the Coast Guard shipyard in Curtis Bay, following in the footsteps of his father, who said his son worked seven days a week to provide for two children. On Sunday night, the 29-year-old ate dinner with his parents and then headed off to a friend's house in Central Park Heights, where he was fatally shot inside a vehicle. His death was one of five being investigated by city homicide detectives over a 30-hour period in Baltimore.
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July 22, 1993
A scant year ago, employment at the BethShip shipyard in Sparrows Point neared 1,200 workers, the highest in four years, as craftsmen hustled to fabricate a $60 million underwater highway tunnel for Boston Harbor and rebuild a $24 million Navy dry dock.But as 1,000 members of the shipbuilders union went on strike last week, rejecting a three-year wage freeze proposal, only half of them were working and the future looked dismal with no new contracts in hand.The Bethlehem Steel Corp. division is the last of a half-dozen shipyards operating here only two decades prior, a struggling survivor depending on sporadic repair jobs and non-maritime projects.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2013
Theodore A. "Ted" Dietz, a retired shipyard electrician who earned the sobriquet of "40-Watt Dietz" from fellow volunteer crew members aboard the Liberty ship SS John W. Brown, died Feb. 3 of heart failure at his Severna Park home. He was 91. Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Dietz was a 1942 graduate of Franklin K. Lane High School. "He enlisted into the Navy before he formally graduated from high school and his mother received his diploma," said his wife of two years, the former Mary Bartlett.
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By John A. Morris and John A. Morris,Staff Writer | January 8, 1993
Burned by the British and smothered over time by tons of earth, an 18th-century shipyard that was the scene of Anne Arundel County's only Revolutionary War land battle faces a new threat from suburban sprawl.Developers are gobbling up the peninsula at the headwaters of the West River south of Galesville, near the Methodist Church Camp. It would be a tragedy if the historic Stephen Steward shipyard, burned by British raiders in 1781, were gobbled up too, said Michael Cassidy, a member of the West River Federation.
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September 18, 1992
Michael F. Munley, a Bethlehem Steel shipyard retiree who later owned a condominium cleaning and maintenance company Ocean City, died Wednesday at the University of Maryland Medical Center after a stroke.A Mass of Christian burial for the 68-year-old Ocean City resident will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane in Texas.Mr. Munley moved to Ocean City 13 years ago after retiring from 32 years as a steel erector in the Key Highway shipyard of the Bethlehem Steel Corp.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,Evening Sun Staff | October 15, 1991
State archaeologists and volunteer divers working in the West River in Anne Arundel County say they have found the remains of a Revolutionary War shipyard burned by British forces in 1781.The excavation of the Galloway-Steward shipyard is believed to be the first ever of an 18th-century shipbuilding site in the United States."We probably know less about Revolutionary-period shipyards than about the Revolutionary-period ships themselves," said Paul Hundley, Maryland's underwater archaeologist.
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By June Arney and June Arney,Sun reporter | August 30, 2007
The majority owner of the Sparrows Point shipyard has filed a federal lawsuit accusing Mittal Steel USA Inc. of denying it access to the main shipyard gate, forcing truck traffic into dangerous and time-consuming back routes. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore this week seeks actual damages of more than $75,000 plus $500,000 in punitive damages against Mittal, which owns the former Bethlehem Steel complex at Sparrows Point. A Mittal spokesman said yesterday that the company does not comment on pending litigation.
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April 10, 2002
Alan James Dalby, a retired shipyard supervisor, died of heart failure Saturday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. He was 69. Mr. Dalby, a Forest Hill resident who had earlier lived in Joppa, was born and raised in Yorkshire, England. He was a graduate of Yorkshire Technical College, earning a degree in mechanical engineering. In 1953 and 1954, he served in the Royal Air Force as a radar mechanic. He worked as a draftsman at a shipyard in Selby, England, before immigrating to Quebec in 1967.
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January 21, 2005
Carl H. Muhlbauer, a retired supervisor at Bethlehem Steel's Key Highway shipyard who worked on the restoration of the Constellation, died of a brain hemorrhage Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The Parkville resident was 84. Mr. Muhlbauer was born in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville. He was a 1938 graduate of Catonsville High School and earned a certificate in drafting from Maryland Institute College of Art. He began working at the shipyard during World War II and served in the Army in the Philippines in 1946 and 1947.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2012
Since 1899, the Coast Guard's shipyard at Curtis Bay has added years to the life of the sea-battered fleet, repairing and upgrading hundreds of cutters before sending them back on patrol. So in 2002 when shipyard officials looked at the future and saw a graying workforce with an average age of 47, they crafted a rejuvenation plan based on nurturing home-grown talent. The trades training program they created has placed 125 students and graduates in the Curtis Bay workforce, which numbers 625. The apprentices receive not just trades training but college credits.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2010
The owners of the Sparrows Point shipyard have filed a federal lawsuit accusing the present and former owners of the old Bethlehem Steel mill on the Patapsco River peninsula of contaminating the dock and ship repair facility with cancer-causing benzene and other hazardous chemicals. SPS Limited Partnership and SPS 35, a limited liability corporation, are demanding cleanup and compensation for their own cleanup costs from Severstal North America, the 120-year-old steel mill's current owner, and from Arcelormittal USA, which owned the mill from 2005 until 2008.
NEWS
April 15, 2010
Anna Walentynowicz, a shipyard worker whose firing made her a central figure in Poland's Solidarity movement, which broke the communist grip on the country in the 1980s, died April 10 in the airplane crash near Smolensk, Russia, that also claimed the lives of Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and other top Polish officials. She was 80. Ms. Walentynowicz became a heroic symbol of freedom in her homeland after she was dismissed from her job at the Gdansk shipyard in August 1980, just five months before she was scheduled to retire.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | January 9, 2010
Lewis "Big Lew" Orozco, a retired shipyard worker and former longtime Gardenville resident, died of cancer at the Baltimore Veteran's Administration Medical Center. He was 77. Mr. Orozco was born in Chicago and was raised there and in Valparaiso, Ind., where he graduated from high school. During the 1950s, he served as an Army radar technician. While stationed in Baltimore, he met and married Jean Rachuba in 1953. After being discharged from the service, he worked as a streetcar motorman for the old Baltimore Transit Co., and after streetcar service ended in 1963, he drove transit buses.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,Sun reporter | December 27, 2007
Milton Henry Leubecker, a retired general manager of the old Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Key Highway Shipyard at the base of Federal Hill, died of Alzheimer's disease complications Monday at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Timonium resident was 77. Born in Baltimore and raised in Fullerton, he was a 1947 Kenwood High School graduate. He then joined the steel firm's Key Highway ship-repair yard as a machinist apprentice. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve's 11th Engineer Battalion and served during the Korean War. After his release from active duty, he returned to Key Highway and at night earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the John Hopkins University.
BUSINESS
November 25, 2007
Racketeering claims filed The Massachusetts owner of a Sparrows Point shipyard and certain affiliates were given two weeks to answer racketeering claims filed against them two weeks ago in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. If they don't, the defendants face a default judgment of up to $2.25 million, according to court documents. Jobless rate rises in Md. Unemployment in Maryland rose and job growth slowed last month as national economic troubles touched off by the slumping housing market continued to take a toll.
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March 3, 1991
Services for Paul M. Madison Sr., a retired shipyard laborer, will be held at 7 tonight at Sharon Baptist Church, 1375 N. Stricker St.Mr. Madison, who was 80, died Wednesday at his home on West Northern Parkway after a brief illness.Born in Baltimore, Mr. Madison attended public schools. He held number of jobs before going to work for the Bethlehem Steel Corp. near the end of World War II. He retired in the mid-1970s as a laborer at the company's old Key Highway shipyard.Mr. Madison loved watching baseball -- a sport he played as a young man with the Harlem Pleasure Club team.
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May 15, 2002
Gerard H. Bullock, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. shipyard worker, died Monday of emphysema at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The Dundalk resident was 81. Born and raised in Highlandtown, Mr. Bullock was a City College graduate. During World War II, he served with the Navy in the Pacific as a quartermaster. He began work at Bethlehem's Sparrows Point shipyard in the 1940s, delivering construction materials to slipways where ships were being built. He retired in 1976. "He was known as `Hawk' for being able to find and deliver anything that was needed," said a daughter, Ruth Coker of Dundalk.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN REPORTER | November 20, 2007
Vincent F. Barletta, the Massachusetts owner of Sparrows Point shipyard, and certain affiliates have two weeks to answer racketeering claims filed against them last week in Baltimore's U.S. District Court. If they don't, the defendants face a default judgment of up to $2.25 million, according to court documents. The civil lawsuit, filed by Clean Venture Inc. on Nov. 13, claims that at least some of the defendants took up to $750,000 that was owed to the New Jersey ship-breaking company.
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