Edgar B. Speer

Drummond Islander II

Edgar B. Speer was built in 1980, is 1004 feet long, and flies a U.S. flag

Edward L. Ryerson

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edgarbspeer20090405_4551The Edgar B. Speer was built in two sections in 1980, one in Toledo and one in Lorain. She was launched on May 8, 1980. Her 20 hatches feed 5 holds where she can load 73,700 tons of cargo. Her unusual self-unloading system consists of a stern mounted 52-foot unloading boom that restricts her cargo to taconite pellets. The only two locations that can accept the Speer’s unloading boom are located in Gary and Conneaut. Picture above taken Sunday, April 5, 2009.
Picture above taken Friday, January 16, 2009
Picture above taken Monday, December 22, 2008
Picture above taken Monday, August 25, 2008
Picture above taken Monday, August 25, 2008
Picture above taken Saturday, February 12, 2005
Picture above taken Monday, January 17, 2005
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Picture above taken Friday, January 7, 2005
Picture above taken Monday, October 25, 2004
Picture above taken Sunday, March 23, 2003: first commercial boat to depart Duluth in 2003 season
Picture above taken Saturday, October 28, 2000: departing Duluth


  1. Mario Sulmando says:

    She takes like 2 HOURS to get through the soo locks. Why?

  2. I thought it had one in its deck?

  3. Does anyone know why the Speer doesn’t have a self-unloading boom?

    • Mark Hunter says:

      It does. It’s gantry style. Look at some photos that show the deck just fwd of the house. It’s a belt system that rolls up and down the deck.

  4. This is 1 of 13 thousand footers here’s some Stewart j. cort,Indiana-harbor, Edgar B. Speer,Edwin h. Gott.

  5. Tristin (loves ships) says:

    She is DEFINITELY not the most common to Duluth-Superior.

  6. Back when she was built they were hauling a lot of pellets. Same reason the Roger Blough and Stewart J. Cort were built with they same type of shuttle boom system. The Edwin H. Gott had one as well but was later converted.

  7. Does anyone know why the Speer doesn’t have a self-unloading boom?

  8. Christy B says:


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