Great Republic


Great Republic was built in 1981, is 634 feet long and flies the U.S. flag

Previous names:
American Republic: 1981-2011
Great Republic: 2011-

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The American Republic was purchased by Great Lakes Fleet from American Steamship Company in June, 2011. They renamed her Great Republic. The Great Republic made her 7th trip to the Twin Ports today (July 19, 2016), bringing limestone in to discharge before going over to Midwest Energy to load 18,000 tons of coal. Note: Great Lakes Fleet has added their distinctive colors to both sides of the bow.
 The American Republic was specifically built in 1981 to carry taconite pellets from Lorain, Ohio to Cleveland and then up the Cuyahoga River to Mittal Steel (formerly LTV). She is still doing it. It requires great maneuverability, a task accomplished by the presence of 8 rudders. With control stations at the front and back of the pilot house, the captain can back up as easily as moving forward, and can, relatively speaking, stop and turn on a dime.
 2011 – as the American Republic
 Above and below, she made her first visit to Duluth under her new name on September 11, 2011. She is seen departing Duluth after that visit with iron ore pellets.
 When she is on Lake Superior, she usually loads iron ore pellets here or in Silver Bay that she takes to Cleveland where she discharges part of the cargo at the Cleveland Bulk Terminal at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. From there, the boat will go up the river to Mittal Steel to discharge the remaining pellets. She has been taking taconite up this river for 25 years.
Picture above and below taken Monday, July 7, 2008
 Picture above taken Friday, January 11, 2008, as she arrived to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth
Above, the American Republic is coming in by way of the Superior entry so she can load iron ore pellets at the BNSF dock, just inside the entry (below)
Picture above taken Tuesday, September 3, 2002 as she arrived using the Duluth entry, on her way to Superior to discharge salt (below).