The Courtney Burton, now American Fortitude, in Duluth with limestone

The Courtney Burton (above, departing Duluth in August, 2002) should arrive today for the first time this season bringing the first limestone of the season into the port. And it appears that the Earl W. Oglebay will finally get started on the season, leaving the boat’s winter layup at the Fraser Shipyards in Superior for Silver Bay to load taconite. Tonight, the Ziemia Cieszynska should become the first salt water arrival of the season, bringing the first grain of the season. It started life in 1992 with that name but it was changed to the Lake Carling that same year. In 2003, the original name was returned to the ship. It is now owned and operated by the Polish Steamship Company.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/3/2006
Kenneth Newhams :