American Valor

 American Spirit

American Valor was built in 1953, is 767 feet long and flies a U.S. flag

American Victory
Previous names:
Armco: 1953-2006

American Valor: 2006-
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The American Valor has been in long-term layup
since November, 2008, in Toledo, OH
americanvalor2008Jun13_2754 The American Valor, formerly called the Armco, was built in 1953 by the American Shipbuilding Company in Lorain, Ohio. She was named for the Armco Steel Corporation, honoring the close business association between the two companies.
In June, 2006, the Armco was sold by Oglebay Norton in Cleveland to American Steamship in Buffalo. Her name was changed to American Valor. Picture above taken Friday, June 13, 2008
She usually visits several Lake Superior ports, including Marquette, Michigan, Silver Bay, and Duluth/Superior. At the other end, her stops include Lorain, Toledo, and Ashtabula in Ohio. At Silver Bay and Duluth/Superior, she loads taconite pellets that she delivers to steel mills on the southern shore of Lake Erie.
Picture above taken on June 8, 2007 after American Steamship had repainted her. In the photo just below, taken on June 25, 2006, we see the American Valor after purchase but before the paint job.
Above, the Armco arriving in the Duluth ship canal on August 26, 2002. Below, we see her turning into the Duluth harbor earlier in August, 2002
Picture above taken Saturday, July 15, 2000 when the boat was arriving in Duluth


  1. She’s back! Coming to Two Harbors on Monday.

  2. Jill from Alabama says:

    She’s been in lay-up for the past several years.

  3. Tristin (loves ships) says:

    Is she retired?

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