American Integrity


American Integrity was built in 1978, is 1000 feet long and flies a U.S. flag

Previous Names:
Lewis Wilson Foy: 1978-1991
Olglebay Norton: 1991-2006
American Integrity: 2006-

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The American Integrity is the former Oglebay Norton. The name change happened when she and 5 of her fleet mates were sold by the Oglebay Norton Company in Cleveland to American Steamship in Buffalo in June, 2006. This is not the boat’s first name or owner change. She was built for Bethlehem Steel Company in 1978 at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin as the Lewis Wilson Foy. As the Foy, she made her maiden voyage to Superior, where she took on a load of iron ore pellets for Burns Harbor, Indiana. In 1991, she was sold to the Columbia Transportation Company of Cleveland where she became the Oglebay Norton. She is one of 13 thousand foot long boats on the Great Lakes. She usually comes to Duluth to load coal, taking it to Detroit Edison although she also takes coal to Lake Superior ports such as Muskegon, Marquette and Silver Bay. She loads a couple cargos of iron ore pellets a year. The American Integrity made 34 visits to Duluth during the 2012-13 season. Picture above taken April 9, 2015
I took this picture of the Great Lakes Towing Company tugs North Carolina, Arkansas, Indiana and Minnesota from the Alder on March 12, 2015. Behind them, the American Integrity is at her winter layup berth at the Port Authority dock at Holcim Cement. Moving behind the American Integrity (below), we see her twin propellers out of the water, waiting for ballast water to be added to get her deeper in the water and ready to start a new season. In a couple weeks, she will head under the Blatnik Bridge and over to Midwest Energy Resources to load coal for St. Clair on April 9th (2 below).
After loading coal at Midwest Energy on April 9, 2015, she is moving up the Duluth harbor (above) before making the turn (below) to the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge and on to St. Clair, Michigan.
Above, on April 27, 2010, she makes her turn toward the Lift Bridge.


Above, May 2, 2009: she enters the Duluth harbor.


Above, she arrives under the Lift Bridge on May 17, 2008.
Above and below, she was back a week later.
Above, she moves up the Duluth harbor on June 20, 2008.
Above and below, she enters the Duluth ship canal in July 16, 2008.
Below on July 25, 2008
Friday, August 1st, 2008 was an otherwise beautiful morning as Captain Pat Nelson moved his 1,000-foot American Integrity around the turning buoy in the Duluth harbor and toward the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. He was standing outside his pilot house when he noticed deck hands on the Pride of Baltimore swabbing one of their on-board cannons that just happened to be pointed at his boat. He quickly moved inside just before the cannon fired (inset shows the Pride of Baltimore firing her cannon on another visit to the Twin Ports). (Click pic to enlarge) Of course, there was no cannon ball launched; just a very loud boom and a lot of smoke. It was the start of the Duluth Maritime Festival. When asked if that was the first time his boat had ever been fired upon, Nelson responded, “Yes, from a cannon.” Over the years, his boats have been fired upon with slings shots and pea shooters, and once, from a sailing ship, a barrage of water balloons. Below, she is free of danger and heading to the Aerial Bridge.


Picture above, from the air on May 17, 2007, below taken Saturday, December 8, 2007


Picture above taken Monday, July 17, 2006


She is sold in June, 2006. All above she is shown as the American Integrity,  below as the Oglebay Norton
She arrives Duluth on July 29, 2005; below on December 4, 2005
Picture above taken December 27, 2005 while she loaded coal at Midwest Energy


Above and below, she arrives Duluth on January 5, 2004
On July 10, 2004, she loaded coal at Midwest Energy (above and below)
Picture below taken Sunday, October 10, 2004


Picture above taken Monday, July 7, 2003; below on Monday, September 29, 2003


Picture above taken Thursday, June 6, 2002: approaching the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge
Picture above taken Thursday, December 26, 2002: Split Rock Lighthouse from the Oglebay Norton
Picture above taken Wednesday, December 25, 2000: Christmas dinner on the Oglebay Norton


Picture above taken Thursday, May 3, 2001; below: from the pilot house on November 28,


Picture above taken Tuesday, December 12, 2000: arriving Duluth in winter


Picture above taken Saturday, October 2, 1999