Herbert C. Jackson

 Hammond Bay

Herbert C. Jackson was built in 1959, is 690 feet long and flies a U.S. flag

Edward H. (current)

Click below to hear her whistle on October 26, 2011

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20090908_2877The Herbert C. Jackson was built in 1959 at River Rouge Michigan as a straight deck carrier and was converted to a self unloader in 1975. She was also converted from burning coal to burning fuel oil. The Jackson is 690 feet long with a cargo capacity of 24,300 tons. She has been owned by the Interlake Steamship Company in Cleveland, Ohio since she was built and was named for Mr. Herbert Cooper Jackson, a vice-president at Picklands Mather Co. She was given a stern-thruster at Fraser Shipyards in Superior, Wisconsin. She has been coming to Duluth around 15 times a season for many years, often bringing  limestone in and loading grain or coal for her down bound cargo.  Picture above taken September 8, 2009.
Above, loading grain at the Cargill elevator on June 21, 2013
Above, she loads grain at Riverland Ag (formerly Cargill) on May 17, 2011; below, in the Duluth harbor on April 11, 2011
Above and below, arriving Duluth October 26, 2011
Picture above taken June 18, 2009
Picture above taken June 28, 2008

Picture above taken July 15, 2007
Picture above taken December 4, 2006
Picture above taken Monday, December 12, 2005
Above, arriving under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on January 5, 2004
About to depart Duluth: Picture above taken  August 12, 2002; below, clearing the Duluth break wall on Monday, August 26, 2002
Picture above taken Friday, October 13, 2000
Picture above taken  October 11, 1999


  1. Personally, I think the former Reserve and Buckeye resembled the Fitz much more, thanks to their similar pilothouse design. The fact they had the same owner and paint scheme has something to do with it I’m sure.

  2. To the Edmund Fitzgerald

  3. I think it was the e g grace that was the sister ship

  4. Any update on when the Jackson will start sea trials?

  5. D R Harrison says:


    The Jackson collided with the River Rouge Drawbridge on May 12, 2013.
    The bridge operator was intoxicated.
    and lowered onto the ship.

  6. In regards to what Suzanne wrote, according to the book “Requiem for the Toledo Express” by Raymond Ramsay*, the Herbert C Jackson was hull number 302 produced at Great Lakes Engineering Works in River Rouge, MI. Great Lakes Engineering Works also produced hull 301, Edmund Fitzgerald, and hull 303 Arthur B Homer. I was really hoping that someone would chime in here on the same matter to shed some more light.

    *Naval Architect at Great Lakes Engineering Works, and worked on the building of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

  7. Tristin (loves ships) says:

    Sadly along with the John J. Boland and John G. Munson, the Herbert C. Jackson is sitting docked at port waiting for taconite demand to rise possibly on the verge of long term layup. 🙁

  8. Tristin (loves ships) says:

    This year I was fortunate enough to see this grain vessel come into port.

  9. Guodzilla says:

    They do indeed look alike, but I haven’t found any information saying they are, so unfortunately, I doubt it.

  10. Great whistle!

  11. She looks so much like the Edmund Fitzgerald. Weren’t they almost sister ships along with the Arthur B. Homer?

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