American Courage was Fred R. White, Jr.

The American Courage will be here today to discharge a cargo of limestone it picked up in Calcite, Michigan. Formerly called the Fred R. White, it usually gets up to Duluth 2 or 3 times a year. This will be the second trip this year; it was also here in August. It is one of several ‘river boats’ built especially to carry taconite pellets up the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland to the J & L Steel plant, now called ISG (International Steel Group Inc.). Larger boats, particularly thousand footers, load taconite from Lake Superior ports such as Duluth and discharge them at the mouth of the Cuyahoga at a facility called the Cleveland Bulk Terminal. The big boats cannot negotiate the narrow curves of the river so smaller river boats such as the White load the pellets and take them to steel mills up the river. It will go over to Silver Bay next to pick up its own cargo of taconite to carry up the Cuyahoga River. Photo taken on May 19, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-15-2006
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