Adam E. Cornelius


Adam E. Cornelius was built in 1973, is 680 feet long and flies a U.S. flag

Previous names:
Roger M. Kyes: 1973-1989
Adam E. Cornelius (4): 1989-

The Adam E. Cornelius entered layup in Toledo in 2012, but was called back to work in 2014
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20090615_7271PRODThe Adam E. Cornelius was built as the Roger M. Kyes in 1973. She became the Adam E. Cornelius in 1989. She was chartered to Inland Steel for many years, but in 1998 she began to sail for American Steamship Company in Buffalo. Before going into what has become a long term layup at Fraser Shipyards in Superior on January 6th, 2010, she worked the wheat run from Duluth to Buffalo that the Kinsman Independent used to make on a regular basis. She has also brought limestone into the port and loaded coal and iron ore pellets here. Picture above taken Monday, June 15, 2009.
Picture above taken Monday, October 20, 2008
Picture above taken Tuesday, April 29, 2008: The Cornelius enters the Duluth ship canal at 4 pm on April 29, 2008. The Paul R. Tregurtha, just behind the Cornelius in the picture, was clocked in just 9 minutes later.
Picture above taken Sunday, April 20, 2008: The Cornelius approaches the Duluth ship canal
Picture above taken Wednesday, August 15, 2007: She is a very pretty boat and popular with the visitors to the Maritime Museum in Canal Park, Duluth
Picture above taken Thursday, May 10, 2007
Picture above taken Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Picture above taken Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Picture above taken Monday, November 20, 2006
Picture above taken Monday, November 20, 2006: Late November coming into the Duluth harbor
Picture above taken Sunday, August 31, 2003
Picture above taken Sunday, December 24, 2000: moves out of the Duluth ship canal and into Lake Superior
Picture above taken Sunday, December 24, 2000: departing Duluth the day before Christmas, 2000
Picture above taken Sunday, December 24, 2000: The Cornelius departs Duluth and the ice fog in the Duluth ship canal on the day before Christmas, 2001.


  1. Edward Verlie says:

    She’s in Huron Ohio right now

    • Cathie L Collier says:

      I moved to Huron, OH in March of 2016 and the Adame Cornelius has been docked here since before I arrived. Why has she been here so long? Are they doing a major overhaul?

  2. Huge stacks why are they so big

  3. Tristin Woolf says:

    Its cool to see that this ship is back and working and that the shipping economy is hopefully starting to turn around!

  4. Austin loves ships says:

    Its like always in winter layup or long turn layup

  5. Cool

  6. Tristin (loves ships) says:

    I read during the 2012/2013 layup season that she was last known to be docked at Superior for long-term layup, not sure though don’t see her when I go through Superior

  7. I saw her at Toledo too

  8. Russell Clark says:

    She’s at the Port of Toledo, been here for quiet awhile.

  9. I heard that she is in layup again, but I haven’t been able to find an article. Is she?

  10. Tristin (loves ships) says:

    Last time I saw her she was in the lower lakes.

  11. AEC is no longer at Fraiser. Not sure where she is though.

  12. Read that it was down for its 5 year inspection and new paint. It moved several times this past week and was lite up like a Christmas tree the other night.

  13. I just moved the other day. It was behind the Ryerson, not it is beside the American (something) and looks like it was getting painted the other day.

    Today there was a crane beside it and they were definitely doing something to it. The boom crane was also extended and off to the side.

  14. Is this boat going to sail again? It says “long-term” layup, but that’s the same classification given to other boats that will likely never move again.

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