American Century

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American Century was built in 1981, is 1000 feet long and flies the U.S. flag

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Previous names:
Columbia Star: 1981-2006
American Century: 2006-

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American CenturyPicture above taken Friday, May 1, 2009
American CenturyPicture above taken Friday, December 7, 2007
American CenturyPicture above taken Friday, December 7, 2007
American CenturyPicture above taken Friday, December 7, 2007
American CenturyPicture above taken Saturday, July 14, 2007: The American Century departs Duluth going under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge
Columbia Star, now the American CenturyPicture above taken Sunday, October 8, 2006
American CenturyThe American Century was built in 1981 by  Bay Shipbuilding Corporation of Sturgeon Bay as the Columbia Star, in part, for the brig Columbia, a ship that in 1855 carried the first iron ore through the locks now known as the Soo. In 2006, she was purchased from Oglebay Norton by American Steamship Company in Buffalo and received her current name. She is 1,000 feet long and is operated with 4 General Motors diesel engines. She has a 260-foot self unloading boom on her deck. She averages about 40 trips a year to Duluth Superior, usually loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. Notice in the latest pictures, she is painted black, the American Steamship color; before that, she was iron ore red, the color of Oglebay Norton boats. During the 2012-13 shipping season the American Century made 31 visits to the Twin Ports. Picture above taken Sunday, July 12, 2009.
Columbia Star, now the American CenturyPicture above taken Friday, July 14, 2006
Columbia Star, now the American CenturyPicture above taken Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Columbia Star, now the American CenturyPicture above taken Sunday, August 15, 2004 at the Bayfront Blues Festival in Duluth while Tinsley Ellis was performing
Columbia Star, now the American CenturyPicture above taken Saturday, June 8, 2002: going under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge
Columbia Star, now the American CenturyPicture above taken Sunday, October 21, 2001: approaching the Lift Bridge
Columbia Star, now the American CenturyPicture above taken Tuesday, August 14, 2001: entering the Duluth harbor
Columbia Star, now the American CenturyPicture above taken Wednesday, September 29, 1999: she enters the Duluth ship canal to go under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge and into the Duluth harbor.
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Picture above taken in June,   1998

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Dave August 27, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Just walked down to the river here in Sault Ste Marie to go look at the sunset, instead was greeted by the American Century making its way upstream to the locks…what a behemoth!

So came online to find out more.

Great site!

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Austin loves ships March 23, 2014 at 7:40 pm

The American Century one of many 1000 footers on the great lakes

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JEAN December 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm

My daughter and I spent a wonderful week in Duluth about 2 years ago. I had NEVER seen such big ships ever – they were so beautiful to watch. Can’t wait to go back and watch more of these ships; especially if it is snowing. We are from Texas – don’t see anything like this in Texas.

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Tristin (loves ships) April 20, 2013 at 7:09 pm

It really is a great experience, isn’t it, Jean?

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Jwold August 29, 2012 at 4:52 am

It looks like it’s going to be a good morning for early viewing, with both the Integrity, and the Century coming in within an hour of each other. When you think about how much coal they carry each thousand footer that leaves Superior takes three unit trains of coal off from very busy tracks and keeps a few people busy in Superior, and a lot of people working on the Lakers.

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Ali- a Duluth crazy girl :) July 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm

American Century is by far my favorite ship of them all! I am trying my best to learn everything i can about it! I love this site, it gives so much information! thanks

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Tristin (loves ships) January 1, 2012 at 12:26 pm

What a cool ship. I love it.

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a.g. wilson August 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Absolutely love this sight, and refer to it often. Thanks!

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Suzanne July 9, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Such a magnificent ship! We really enjoy this website. Thanks to all who set this up and maintain it. We love visiting Duluth and the lakers are always the highlight of our trip.

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