Alpena was built in 1942, is 520 feet long and flies the U.S. flag

Previous names:
Leon Fraser: 1942-1991
Alpena: 1991-

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The Alpena was originally built as the Leon Fraser in 1942 for the US Steel fleet. She spent most of her life carrying iron ore for them, but in 1991, she was sold to Inland Lakes Management. They sent her to the Fraser Shipyard in Superior where 120 feet were taken from her overall length and she became a cement boat. She is one of the oldest boats working on the Great Lakes. She also has one of the loudest whistles on the Great Lakes. She brings cement to the Twin Ports about once a month…in the 2012-2013 season, that was 11 times. Picture below taken July 28, 2016.
Picture above taken Monday, December 10, 2007, below on March 30, 2009
Picture above taken Monday, August 20, 2007
Picture above taken Monday, August 21, 2006: The Alpena made 17 trips to the Duluth Superior port in 2007. In all cases, she brought cement in to discharge and then left light. Picture below taken in September, 2004
Picture above & below taken Saturday, September 7, 2002: entering the Duluth harbor
Picture above taken Tuesday, May 21, 2002
Picture above taken Thursday, August 16, 2001
Above, in the Duluth Ship Canal in July, 1998
Picture above and below taken Monday, August 18, 1997: arriving under the Lift Bridge and then later the same day, looking down the deck of the Alpena while she discharges cement in Duluth