Roger Blough

Presque Isle

Roger Blough was built in 1972, is 858 feet long and flies a U.S. flag

Sam Laud

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Check out this video of the Roger Blough leaving the Port of Duluth Superior to start the 2012 shipping season.

The Roger Blough is a unique boat in many ways. Most freighters on the Great Lakes have a self-unloading arm, usually about 250 feet long, sitting on their deck. When unloading cargo, the arm is swung over the side and conveyor belts carry the cargo up from the boat’s cargo holds, out the arm and onto the ground, or a waiting receptacle.
rogerblough2008May21_1684The Blough has a 54 foot self unloader that can be moved out from either side of the stern section of her hull. It was made specifically to unload at the ports of Gary, South Chicago and Conneaut. When steel mills were flourishing in those ports, it seemed like a good idea, but today, it is a different story. The Blough is still restricted to ports where she can operate her unique unloader.
She was laid up for several years during the steel downturn of the 80′s because of this lack of flexibility. Today, there is an increasing market for the pellets that come down here by train from the Iron Range. She has lots of work to do. Picture above taken Wednesday, May 21, 2008
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Picture above taken Monday, March 24, 2008
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Picture above taken Sunday, December 16, 2007
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Picture above taken Thursday, May 17, 2007
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Picture above taken Thursday, May 17, 2007
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Picture above taken Friday, March 23, 2007
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Picture above taken Friday, March 23, 2007
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Picture above taken Friday, March 17, 2006: At the Port Terminal for winter layup
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Picture above taken Tuesday, October 21, 2003
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Picture above taken Monday, July 15, 2002: using her unique self unloader to discharge limestone
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Picture above taken Saturday, April 13, 2002: departing Duluth
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Picture above taken Sunday, March 24, 2002: departing Duluth
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Picture above taken Saturday, March 24, 2001
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Picture above taken Saturday, May 1, 1999