American Republic here to repair stern thruster

The American Republic was on its way to Silver Bay to load taconite when they had trouble with their stern thruster, an engine that gives the boat side to side maneuverability, especially helpful when navigating in tight harbor conditions and narrow rivers. The American Republic is a river boat and is often taking taconite pellets up the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. It changed course and came into Duluth on Sunday morning to get the stern thruster repaired at Fraser Shipyards. That done, it left Duluth on Monday afternoon (above) for Silver Bay.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-08-2008
Kenneth Newhams :