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Cuyahoga was built in 1943, is 620 feet long and flies the Canadian flag

Previous names:
Mesabi: 1943-1943
J. Burton Ayers: 1943-1995
Cuyahoga: 1995-

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The Cuyahoga approaches the Duluth ship canal
The Cuyahoga was built as the Mesabi in 1943 by the American Ship Building Company at Lorain to carry iron ore to steel mills producing a variety of wartime equipment. Later in the first year of her existence, she was renamed the J. Burton Ayers.  (I took the pictures just above and below on Friday, September 23, 2011 as she was coming in with a cargo of salt to discharge).
The Canadian flagged Cuyahoga enters the Duluth ship canal
She was sold in 1957 to Northwestern Life Insurance Company (the company that later built the Edmund Fitzgerald). In the early 70’s, Kinsman Marine purchased her and sold her to the Columbia Transportation Division of Oglebay Norton in 1974. A self unloader was added in Toledo that same year.
The Cuyahoga arrives in January for her last trip of the 2004 season
Like many other boats in the 80’s, the downturn in the steel business put her into layup a couple times, going up to 1995 when Lower Lakes Towing purchased her and renamed her to her current name. She has 16 hatches that open into 4 cargo holds that can carry 15,000 tons of cargo. Like many other Lower Lakes Towing vessels, she carries a range of bulk cargos, often limestone and coal.
The Cuyahoga arrives in January, 2004 She is the oldest Canadian vessel working the Great Lakes and should stay active for many years since her steam engine was replaced by a new diesel engine in 2000 and a variable pitch propeller was added in 2002. She rarely gets to the Twin Ports. Since Lower Lakes Towing purchased her, she made only one trip, in 2003, before she arrived again in September, 2011 (see above). Pictures above taken Friday, January 9, 2004


  1. Guodzilla says:

    OH my GOSH, this ship looks like the Bradley and the Cedarville! NEAT!!!

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