Arthur M. Anderson


 Anna Marie Altman

Arthur M. Anderson was built in 1952, is 767 feet long and flies a U.S. flag

Biscayne Bay

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Arthur M. Anderson arrives DuluthThe Arthur M. Anderson was built by the American Ship Building Company in 1952 at Lorain. She is one of eight AAA class boats built in the early 50′s and one of three built for the Pittsburgh Steamship Company. The others were the Philip R. Clarke and the Cason J. Callaway.
She is 767 feet long with 23 hatches opening into 5 cargo holds. She was lengthened by 120 feet at Fraser Shipyards in Superior in 1975. A 250-foot self-unloading boom was installed in 1982, making her a capable of discharging cargo at a rate of 6,700 tons per hour without using equipment from the shore.  A bow thruster was installed in 1966, and a stern thruster in 1989. She has a 7,700 hp steam turbine engine.She was named for Arthur M. Anderson, a director of U.S. Steel in 1952 and vice-chairman of the J.P. Morgan Company. Mr. Anderson died in 1966.

Captain Bernie Cooper successfully led her through the storm that sunk the Edmund Fitzgerald near Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior in November, 1975. The Anderson was the last vessel to have contact with the Fitzgerald.

Since 1995 through 2010, she has averaged about 11 trips to the Twin Ports each year. Lately, she has carried limestone into the port and loaded iron ore pellets, either here or in Two Harbors, for her return trip to the lower lakes, usually to ports on Lake Erie. In the shipping season for 2012-13, the Anderson made 20 visits to the port of Duluth-Superior.

Picture above taken Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Arthur M. Anderson arrives DuluthPicture above taken Friday, November 6, 2009
Arthur M. Anderson approaches the Duluth Ship canalPicture above taken Thursday, July 24, 2008
Arthur M. Anderson approaches the Duluth Ship canalPicture above taken Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Arthur M. Anderson approaches the Duluth Aerial Lift BridgePicture above taken Thursday, April 17, 2008
Arthur M. Anderson approaches the Duluth ship canalPicture above taken Sunday, September 18, 2005: passing by the North Pier Light
Arthur M. Anderson approaches the Duluth Aerial Lift BridgePicture above taken Friday, March 25, 2005
Stern view of the Arthur M. Anderson turning into the Duluth inner harborPicture above taken Thursday, July 17, 2003
Stern view of the Arthur M. Anderson turning into the Duluth inner harborPicture above taken Sunday, May 19, 2002: departing Duluth
The Arthur M. AndersonPicture above taken Sunday, May 19, 2002: going under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge
The Arthur M. AndersonPicture above taken Sunday, May 5, 2002: approaching the Lift Bridge
The Arthur M. AndersonPicture above taken Friday, August 4, 2000

{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Alice Kane January 4, 2014 at 2:50 pm

I just LOVE the Anderson. But why are these ships still plying our inland seas during these treacherous winter months?! I don’t want one more sailor to lose his life! I don’t want one more of these magnificent freighters to go to the bottom! I thought sailing between November and March stopped after the tragic loss of the Fitzgerald.


chuck ritchie January 4, 2014 at 8:56 am

On Monday Jan. Dec. 30, 2013 out of the fog appeared the Arthur M. Anderson headed towards shore just off of Encampment Island north of Two Harbors. She anchored and remained there for a day and a half. Then on Tues morning while we were in Two harbors she slipped back into the mist and was gone. We have never seen any ore boat that close to shore and are trying to find out why she was there. She was fully loaded and we surmised that if headed up lake to the Sault she was disabled in some way. The temps were down around -20 and she looked iced up. If loaded with coal or other cargo coming down lake she had to be headed for Duluth. At one point we heard that the harbor was iced over, but when we left for Minneapolis we saw a boat in the dock, but we were unable to determine whether that was the Anderson. Can anyone enlighten us as to why were blessed with this magnificent sight out our window for a day and a half? I have a picture but do not know how to post it.


dmalnati January 4, 2014 at 9:43 am

As was mentioned in our boat-watching facebook group it was most likely the Munson you saw at the ship yard. The Anderson has not been into Duluth for the last week or so.

Most likely it was sitting there waiting for the wind/cold/ice.
If you follow the boatnerd news, the ice has been wreaking havoc at the locks. boats have been getting stuck almost daily leading into and out of the lock areas. It has been mentioned that the CG has asked that the fleets head to winter layup early this year.


holly jorgenson January 4, 2014 at 2:35 pm

chuck, this was posted on one of the facebook pages…
the Anderson anchored off Two Harbors either due to ice, wind, or possibly to wait for the Two Harbors dock to clear since she was originally scheduled to load there. the Anderson loaded ore at CN (in Duluth) on New Year’s Day.


paul christmann January 1, 2014 at 7:49 pm

i became fascinated with LAKERS with the song WERCK OF THE EDMUND FITZGERALD. in the late 1990′s and early 2000′s my friend and i were big race fans and would go to Detroit and Toronto a lot and we would visit the maritime museum’s . one time when we were on Montreal on the water front, there was a Laker there named the Comedoc (sp) . i went over to where she was docked and a car pulled up and the gentleman got out and asked if i would like to go onboard, i said yes and he said you have to ask the ships master. so i did and the next day i got such an awesome tour of the whole ship top side to inside the holds engine room …. it was so cool, better than touring a museum ship .


holly jorgenson January 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm

paul, is this the boat? what an awesome experience!


John Bronson Jr December 11, 2013 at 7:52 am

I do believe the Arthur M. Anderson comes into Sturgeon Bay, WI for maintenance and repairs at Bay Shipbuilding Company during the winter…..I have some pictures from a couple years ago when I visited……I have family up there and its not uncommon to see the big freighters there…..My Great Uncle was Russel G Haskell, and went down on the Edmund Fitzgerald…..I will share my pictures if anyone wants them…..


Alice Kane August 20, 2013 at 8:13 am

I am fascinated by the big lake freighters. The Anderson is my favorite, probably because of her history with the Big Fitz. I have just started enjoying tracking her movements through these deadly Great Lakes of ours. I am currently reading “Great Lakes Shipwrecks & Survivals” by William Ratigan. I have the Edmund Fitzgerald edition. In all my years of growing up in Chicago I never knew of the dangers of the Lakes! I see them through new eyes now. I also watch many videos about the Fitzgerald, the Arthur M. Anderson and the Titanic in YouTube. Very interesting and informative.


holly jorgenson August 20, 2013 at 8:22 am

alice, check out some of the books by “frederick stonehouse”.
he has several…excellent!


Alice Kane December 11, 2013 at 9:04 am

Hi Holly! Thanks so much. Sorry it took me until now to discover your reply. I checked out Frederick Stonehouse’s book on Amazon and just purchased a copy of “Haunted Lake Michigan” published in October of 2006! I am looking forward to reading it.


John Hagerman July 2, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Watched the Arthur M Anderson take on a load of limestone at Port Calcite in Rogers City, Michigan. Great spot to watch the boats coming and going and can even see product bring loaded.


Bill Dent May 22, 2013 at 11:35 pm

This afternoon I saw the Arthur Anderson pass in front of my window overlooking Lake Erie and watched it turn north and slowly recede from view as it headed toward the Peele Passage. It had just unloaded crushed limestone at a cement plant in Huron Ohio.


holly jorgenson May 23, 2013 at 6:14 am

thanks for that report, bill. i love hearing eyewitness accounts of what’s happening on areas of the lakes where there are no cameras!


Tristin (loves ships) April 20, 2013 at 8:58 pm

She was the first ship I ever saw, watched her come into Duluth from the DECC? After that I fell in love with ships.


Tristin (loves ships) April 20, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Oops I didn’t mean to put a question mark after DECC.


Diane September 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Just watched the Arthur M. Anderson loading iron ore pellets in Two Harbors, MN. One of our favorite stops on the drive back home after a trip to the BWCA.


Tom Privette June 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Could you please let me know where I could receive the article and pics on the Arthur Anderson. I have a model of the ship and this would really enhance my gift from my boys. Thank You!


Mark April 26, 2012 at 8:15 am

Yes, the Anderson was in Sturgeon Bay for the winter. I saw her in March of 2012.


Rick January 17, 2012 at 2:35 pm

OK i will try that thanks for your help


holly January 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm

another idea, rick: I would just tell him to take roads closest to the water, thats how i found the spots i took photos, also walked on the ice.


Rick January 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm

That would be cool holly but ricks feet dont leave the ground haha


holly January 16, 2012 at 8:32 pm

and another: the comment on boatnerd regional said it was on the face dock, so it’s parallel to the street, but now the Callaway is rafted alongside, I think. So it may be hard to see much of it.

rick, perhaps you could rent a helicopter and do a fly over!


Rick January 16, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Ok thanks


holly January 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm

i got this: It all depends where she lays up at Sturgeon Bay and if another vessel gets rafted to her.

then, this on facebook:


Rick January 16, 2012 at 8:21 pm



holly January 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm

rick, i’m not familiar with the area, but will see what i can find out for you. where are you?


Rick January 16, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Ok thanks Holly, would i be able to see it if i went there, this stuff is all new to me thanks


holly January 16, 2012 at 5:04 pm

rick, i believe she is in sturgeon bay, at the shipyards there.


Rick January 16, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Does any one know where the anderson docks for the winter would love to see it


Tristin (loves ships) April 20, 2013 at 8:51 pm

She might be in Green Bay or Milwaukee, not sure.


Dan January 13, 2012 at 9:30 pm

My favorite picture of my dad and me was taken on the deck of the Arthur Anderson in February of 1962 at Jones Island harbor in Milwaukee, WI. I was only 3 years old. What a ship!


Tristin (loves ships) January 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm

That’s too bad.


Duane December 1, 2011 at 11:49 am

He passed in 1993


Denny Magnusson November 29, 2011 at 12:53 am


captain Bernie Cooper of the Arthur Anderson still living? If so where City or state


John Kessey November 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm

yes she is a good ship the last ship to see the fitz if she could talk shed
have a lot to say


holly September 10, 2011 at 7:50 pm

donna, she is a beauty, isn’t she…and such history!


Donna September 10, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Just watched that classy ship enter through the Duluth Ship Canal. I love seeing the lakers; there is something so noble about them compared to the salties. Maybe because I was born and raised on Park Point I might just be a little prejudiced.


Dean September 8, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I can remember when this one was considered one of the larger boats. Winter lay-up Duluth seemed like it had the entire US Steel fleet.


Anne O July 6, 2011 at 5:27 am

Just watched the Anderson enter Duluth Harbor. A piece of history passing before us. Safe passage!


Jon Anderson June 22, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Great boat with a great history I believe Bernie Cooper’s theory on the sinking of the Fitz makes sense.


tim November 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm

I would never go on a boat after a night like that…


tim November 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm

It would be great if some of the skippers would leave comments on here..


Tristin (loves ships) April 20, 2013 at 8:46 pm

It would be, Tim, although I have seen a relative of the person that a boat was named after.


Jack Masterson April 27, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Sail On good ship Anderson.


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