American Fortitude a busy boat

The American Fortitude will be here today for the 8th time this season. It was here 24 times last year. It is traveling a familiar pattern, loading limestone in Michigan, in this case Port Inland, and bringing it to Superior for discharge, then going to Silver Bay to load taconite pellets for the Cleveland Bulk terminal at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. It also brings taconite from Silver Bay to Ashtabula, and occasionally to Indiana Harbor. The bulk terminal at Cleveland provides taconite for the Mittal Steel Plant up the river. Since the Fortitude is small and nimble, it sometimes becomes a riverboat and takes the taconite directly to the steel plant. Above, we see it coming into Duluth last November.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-15-2007
Kenneth Newhams :