American Valor, Vista Star, North Pier Light

On June 25th, the American Valor, formerly called the Armco, entered the Duluth ship canal accompanied by the local cruise vessel Vista Star (above). As it did last week, the American Valor is back again with another cargo of limestone loaded at Calcite, Michigan. As last week, it will discharge that cargo here before going to Silver Bay to load taconite for the Cleveland Bulk Terminal, located at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. It is becoming a regular route for the boat and its crew. The Cleveland Bulk Terminal is a transfer point between Great Lakes ore carriers and steel mills located up river where many of the big ore carriers cannot get to. The taconite pellets are transferred at the Terminal to smaller, ‘river’ boats.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-02-2006
Kenneth Newhams :