Sam Laud

 Roger Blough

Sam Laud was built in 1975, is 635 feet long and flies a U.S. flag

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Listen to her whistle on November 26, 2011 as she came into Duluth:
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The late seventies was a time when the Great Lakes shipping business saw the first of thirteen 1,000-foot lakers built and launched. Most of them come to the Twin Ports on a regular basis and all get here at least once each shipping season. The late 70’s was also a time for building smaller boats, 201407231079such as the Sam Laud. They were built to take cargo up rivers and to ports that the larger boats cannot get to. She spends a lot of time on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland shuttling taconite to steel mills up river. If you want to see the Great Lakes, get a job on the Sam Laud. Here are just a few of the many ports the boat visits: Cleveland, Stoneport, Conneaut, Alpena, Calcite, Zug Island, Lorain, Erie, Waukegan, Toledo , Muskegon, Holland, Sandusky, Green Bay, Bay City, Burns Harbor, South Chicago, Manistee, St. Joseph, Windsor, Milwaukee, Ashtabula, Marblehead, Ludington, Detroit, Saginaw and Benton Harbor. Pictures above taken July 23, 2014
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The Sam Laud arrived Duluth on November 26, 2011 limestone. She then departed Duluth (above) for Silver Bay to load taconite for the Cleveland Bulk Terminal at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River and then up river to Mittal Steel. Larger vessels drop their taconite at the Bulk Terminal and river boats such as the Laud pick it up and take it up the river to the steel plant. So why would the smaller Laud be loading taconite at Silver Bay? Mittal Steel wants a portion of the taconite they purchase at Silver Bay to be of a higher quality, meaning in this case, that it is dropped only one time. Since at the end of the line the cargo is dropped at the steel plant, the quality requirement is not met by loading taconite at the bulk terminal since the taconite there has already been dropped once. So river boats such as the Laud periodically take the trip all the way up to Lake Superior to load taconite at Silver Bay. The depth of the Cuyahoga is not enough to allow her to navigate the river with a fully loaded boat, so some of the Silver Bay load is discharged at the Bulk Terminal and the rest is then taken up the river to the Mittal steel plant and dropped there for the first time.
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Picture above taken Thursday, November 8, 2007; below on Wednesday, August 23, 2006
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Picture above & below taken Monday, September 2, 2002 as she arrived Duluth
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Picture below taken Friday, December 14, 2001 at Hallett Dock
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Arrivals port of Duluth Superior from 2001 to end of 2015 season
Year Port In Date
12/13/2001
2001 Total 1
9/2/2002
  12/2/2002
2002 Total 2 
8/23/2006
2006 Total 1 
11/8/2007
12/18/2007
  1/10/2008
2007 Total 3 
5/19/2008
7/10/2008
7/22/2008
8/13/2008
9/23/2008
  10/14/2008
2008 Total 6 
6/23/2010
7/3/2010
9/9/2010
10/2/2010
10/9/2010
10/20/2010
11/13/2010
  11/22/2010
2010 Total  8
4/10/2011
11/7/2011
  11/26/2011
2011 Total  3
5/20/2012
6/27/2012
7/6/2012
7/18/2012
  12/10/2012
2012 Total 5 
4/20/2013
7/30/2013
9/15/2013
9/23/2013
9/30/2013
10/13/2013
11/10/2013
11/26/2013
  12/30/2013
2013 Total  9
4/14/2014
7/23/2014
8/5/2014
9/14/2014
9/25/2014
10/26/2014
  11/13/2014
2014 Total  7
5/6/2015
5/29/2015
  10/4/2015
2015 Total 3 
Grand Total 48

Comments

  1. RobertMac says:

    What is her cargo tonnage in taconite?
    Thanks

  2. To be honest, she can go faster than the Barker, Mesabi Miner, or the Tregurtha.

  3. I’m sitting at the lodge watching her sail into Duluth I wish she wasn’t so slow taking forever.

  4. As I stand watching it steam away it comes to me its faster than I as I stand anchored in place.

  5. Slowest boat ever!

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