American Century no longer Columbia Star


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The American Century was scheduled to arrive last night so it should be departing today with coal for the St. Clair power plant of Detroit Edison, it’s usual stop. Then the Canadian flagged Algolake and the U.S. flagged Walter J. McCarthy Jr. will be here to take two loads of coal to Ontario Power Generation at Nanticoke. After that, two thousand-footers (all 13 are US flagged) will take two more loads to Detroit Edison, and so the season progresses. To most of us, it seems pretty exciting but the routine of making trips back and forth is beginning to set in for those who work on the boats. The picture above was taken in October, 2001 when the American Century was owned by the Oglegbay Norton Company and was called the Columbia Star. The boat was sold to American Steamship in Buffalo last spring.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-04-2007

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