The American Mariner is owned and operated by the American Steamship Company of Buffalo, New York. That is also the source of the first part of her name. The second part of the name refers to the crew who works on the ship.She was built in 1980 by Bay Shipbuilding Company at Sturgeon Bay and is 730 feet long and 78 feet wide. Above the deck she has 24 hatches that open into 7 cargo holds. The American Mariner is powered by two diesel engines that produce a total of 7,000 hp and give her a top speed of about 16 mph. She has been called the American Mariner ever since she was launched in 1980. She was supposed to be called the Chicago but at the last moment, I am told because of a Chicago political squabble, her name was changed to her present name. During the 2012-13 shipping season, the American Mariner made 12 trips to the Twin Ports. Picture above taken Friday, June 13, 2008. Below on August 4, 2013 when she was approaching the Blatnik Bridge on her way over to CHS to load wheat for Buffalo.
Above and below, loading grain at Riverland Ag (formerly Cargill) on October 1, 2013.
Above, a shoulder level view as she entered the Duluth ship canal on October 21, 2011. Below, she makes the turn into the Duluth harbor on August 11, 2009, on her way to Midwest Energy Resources to load coal.
Below, she clears the Duluth ship canal on August 6, 2000.
Picture above taken Monday, February 20, 2006: At Fraser Shipyard for winter layup; below, 7 days later.
Picture above and below, taken Tuesday, June 25, 2002: departing Duluth
Picture above taken Thursday, September 14, 2000: approaching the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge