American Spirit

American Mariner

American Spirit was built in 1978, is 1004 feet long and flies a U.S. flag

American Valor
Previous names:
George A. Stinson: 1978-2004
American Spirit: 2004-

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Click below to listen to her whistle on January 7, 2012 (picture below)
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The American Spirit came in to Duluth on November 6, 2013 (above) to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. It was her 7th trip to the Twin Ports in the 2013 season; she made 8 trips last year.
American Spirit arrives DuluthThe American Spirit is the former George A. Stinson, originally built for the National Steel Corporation in 1978 and named in honor of the former Chairman of the Board of the National Steel Company. After National Steel went bankrupt early in 2003, the Stinson came to Duluth in May and stayed here until November 11th. Picture taken Monday, May 26, 2008.
She worked the rest of the year on a charter to Great Lakes Fleet. Over the winter, her owner, American Steamship, renamed her American Spirit. As the Stinson, she almost exclusively loaded taconite at the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior. As the American Spirit, she has branched out. In 2008, she loaded iron ore pellets at both the CN Dock in West Duluth and the BNSF Dock in Superior.
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Above, she arrived Duluth for winter layup at the Port Terminal on January 2, 2014
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Above and just below. After departing Duluth for Two Harbors on April 7, 2014, she returned to Duluth on April 9 to wait for a convoy to join for the trip across a very icy Lake Superior.
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Above and below, she left Duluth to join the convoy on April 15, 2014.
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2013
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Above, she sits at her winter layup spot in Superior, on March 13, 2013
2012
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Above and below, arriving on January 7, 2012.
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2008
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Picture above taken April 1, 2008
2007
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Above, she sits at her winter layup at the Port Terminal on March 14, 2007.
2006
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Picture above and below taken Sunday, October 15, 2006
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2004
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I take pride in my photography. But it is a pride that is easily shaken. I have a good  camera, a good printer, and some nice software on my computer. I print out very  nice looking 11×17 photo quality pictures.  Some of them are hanging in art galleries.

Using those tools, I put together a nice collage of the George A. Stinson and took it  over to the boat in late November, 2003 (above, arriving earlier in the day).  I showed  it to the mate on deck and he exclaimed:  “great placemats.”

I said, “No, great art, and it costs $35.”
I went down to the galley and sat down next to the wife of the first mate. She said,  “Great placemats.”
I said, “No, great art, and it only costs $35.”
Then the cook came into the room and said, “Placemats.”
I said, “Yes, how many do you want”
He said, “Fourteen”
I said, “OK”

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So now I was in the placemat business.  Several weeks later, when the Stinson was over at the Burlington Northern dock loading taconite, I delivered the placemats.
Late in the month (of December),  after collecting my money for the George A.  Stinson placemats, I heard a rumor that the  George A. Stinson would be renamed the  American Spirit. The renaming occurs because the American Steamship Company now owns the Stinson outright.
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My placemats were quickly out dated. I visited the boat on April 4, 2004 while she was loading iron ore pellets at the BN in Superior. It was her first trip here with her new name. I wanted to see if my placemats had survived. And I wanted to check any changes in the boat since the name was changed. (above)
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Above, terminal is about ready to drop their hardware (above) and fill the boat’s cargo holds.
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Picture below taken Wednesday, September 29, 2004: The American Spirit on Lake Superior, coming toward Duluth
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2003
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Above, close to the Port Terminal dock on November 10, 2003.
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I visited the Stinson while she was loading iron ore pellets on November 19, 2003 at the CN dock in West Duluth (above)
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Later that day, she left Duluth with iron ore pellets, just as the sun was going down.
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Christmas tree on December 22, 2003
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2002
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Picture above and below taken Wednesday, November 20, 2002: moving under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge.
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Picture above taken Wednesday, July 31, 2002: entering the Duluth harbor
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Picture above taken Wednesday, July 31, 2002
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Picture above taken Sunday, July 1, 2001: entering the Duluth harbor
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Looking out from the passenger quarters while she was loading iron ore pellets at the BN.
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Took the picture below from the Canadian Prospector.
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1998
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Above, Stinson comes in in April, 1998; below, she turns into the harbor in June, 1998
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1997
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Comments

  1. I’m inquiring about a man named Walter Alvarado who worked aboard the American Spirit as a missionary in Puerto Cortes, Honduras in 1994. If anyone knows of any means of finding him or knows of a way of viewing the manifest for the barge during this time please contact me via email at floressandra718@gmail.com

  2. estoy buscando a un tripulante de este barco american spirit que se llama walter alvarado que conoci en puerto cortes honduras en el ano 1993 0h 1994 favor comunicarse conmigo atraves de mi correo electronico antes mencionado

  3. Tristin (loves ships) says:

    Nick, don’t forget Duluth Harbor Cam.

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  5. Sally Wiese says:

    I am so in love with the big ships. We go to Sturgeon Bay and look at what’s in dock. Man. I am in such awe of these big ladies and can sit and “just look” at these things for hours. I found a site that has a live web cam but it must not be turned on at the moment. I am going to be a lively 70 years old this July and when I see these big ships, I turn into a little kid. If there is a site that I should watch, please let me know. I will be at the open house at Sturgeon Bay this May. I wish there were more sites to watch them come in. Are there more?

    • THERESA RUSSELL says:

      Sally – I know exactly how you feel! I HAVE A NEW LOVE – DULUTH AND THE BIG FREIGHTERS THAT PASS THROUGH! Theresa

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