St. Clair

Tug barge Spartan

St. Clair was built in 1976, is 770 feet long and flies a U.S. flag

State of Michigan
Click here for other pages featuring the St. Clair & Click below listen to her whistle as she departed on September 4, 2015
Picture above taken on April 15, 2014; below on June 6, 1013
20081227_2620PRODThe St. Clair is a self-unloader built in 1976 at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. She is 770 feet long and has 26 hatches that open into 5 cargo holds, providing a load capacity of 45,000 tons. She was a longer ship than many on the lakes when launched, a middle step toward the 1,000 footers that were to come the next year. The St. Clair has a 250-foot self-unloading boom above the deck that allows her to unload her own cargo. She regularly handles taconite, coal and limestone at a variety of Twin Ports docks.  Picture above taken Saturday, December 27, 2008
Picture above below taken Thursday, December 11, 2008
Picture above taken Monday, July 14, 2008
Picture above taken Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Picture above taken Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Picture above taken Thursday, October 25, 2007
Picture above taken Sunday, June 4, 2006
Above, on July 4, 2005; below on Sunday, September 18, 2005
Picture above taken Sunday, December 24, 2000
Picture above taken Wednesday, May 17, 2000


  1. It looks like she might come out of lay-up, since the AIS for the ships is on, and it is has changed position.

  2. It looks like she might come out of lay-up, since the AIS for the ships is on, and it is has changed position.

  3. Christian says:

    The M/V St. Clair looks a lot like a scaled down version of a 1000 footer which makes this ship unique and stand out a bit

  4. I remember her as a new ship when I was a kid back in 1976. I recall thinking what a cool looking ship compared to all those old lakers with the pilot house at the bow, I don’t think there were many coming to Duluth with the aft pilot house then. Now I actually do prefer the forward pilot house “boats” as they are fewer now. The St. Clair always has a special place in my heart though as I have many fun memories of my Grandpa Millard LaJoy (who by the way, will be 100 in Feb of ’13 and still drives his car) driving fast from 5th Avenue to Canal Park just so I could see the “New” ship come in! Long live the St. Clair!!

  5. I never seen it but it looks beautiful.

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