American Fortitude is new name

The Oglebay Norton company has completed the sale of six of their vessels, all frequent visitors to Duluth. American Steamship purchased all six and is now in the process of refitting them. One of them, the Courtney Burton, brought limestone into port and then went over to Fraser Shipyards in Superior to get refitted as an American Steamship vessel. That includes a new name, the American Fortitude. Above, workers at Fraser were sand blasting the old name off the side of the boat, starting with the boat’s ‘former’ owner. The boat should be loading wheat here by Friday. Other name changes are rumored to be: the Armco becoming the American Valor, the Oglebay Norton becoming the American Integrity, the Columbia Star becoming the American Century and the Fred R. White, Jr. becoming the American Courage. No word yet on a new name for the Middletown. Maybe it will be spared.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-07-2006
Kenneth Newhams :