American Fortitude gets new lettering

Several weeks ago, the then Courtney Burton brought limestone into port and then went over to Fraser Shipyards in Superior to get refitted as an American Steamship vessel called the American Fortitude. American Steamship had just purchased six boats from the Oglebay Norton Company and renamed them all. The American Fortitude will be here today to discharge limestone it loaded in Calcite, Michigan. It is expected to then move to the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth to load taconite for Lorain. Above, workers at Fraser Shipyards in Superior were painting over the ship’s former owners name on June 6th, making way for American Steamship’s ‘new’ boat, American Fortitude.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-17-2006
Kenneth Newhams :