American Fortitude was Courtney Burton

The fall harvest must be here since the American Fortitude is loading wheat at General Mills for Buffalo grain mills. The boat (formerly the Courtney Burton, as above in August, 2002) replaced the now scrapped Joseph H. Frantz. The Frantz replaced the now rejuvenated Kinsman Independent (as the Voyageur Independent) as the main hauler of wheat from Midwestern farms, by way of Duluth Superior, to Buffalo. The Kinsman was strictly a grain ship and it disappeared in the summer after bringing wheat to Buffalo in the spring. Sometime, usually in August, the Kinsman Independent reappeared on the horizon, signally the fall harvest. The American Fortitude has been picking up some taconite here lately but may be back in harvest mode; perhaps one of the first signs of fall.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-14-2006
Kenneth Newhams :