American Courage

American Courage was built in 1979, is 636 feet long and flies a U.S. flag
Previous names:
Fred R. White Jr: 1979-2006
American Courage: 2006-

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The American Courage was built in 1979 as the Fred R. White Jr. by the Bay Shipbuilding Corp. at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. She is 636 feet long and has 20 hatches that open into 5 cargo holds. She can load 23,800 tons of cargo. She was named for a man who was born in 1913, in Cleveland, Ohio. He started work as an accountant in the vessel operations department of Columbia Transportation Company in 1935. He held many leadership positions with the company. And then, they named a ship after him. In June, 2006, the boat was sold by Oglebay Norton to American Steamship and given her current name. She comes to Duluth Superior about 3 times a year, usually bringing limestone and then loading coal for a lower lakes port.
The American Courage arrived Saturday evening August 30, 2015 with limestone to discharge at the Graymont dock in Superior. Above, she departed Duluth for Silver Bay to load iron ore pellets.
Above, she arrived on July 23, 2013 with limestone to discharge before she left for Silver Bay to load iron ore pellets for Cleveland.

Holly Jorgenson took some time out from being a Great Grandmother to get this picture of the American Courage as she came into port on Thursday morning, August 30, 2012 at 9:00. The boat brought limestone to discharge at the Graymont dock in Superior. After that, she  moved to the CN dock in West Duluth to load iron ore pellets for Cleveland.
Above she departs on July 8, 2011 with iron ore pellets.
Above and below, she arrived Duluth on October 13, 2011 with limestone to discharge.
Above, she a
Picture above taken Friday, The American Courage came into port on Friday evening September 21, 2007 with a cargo of limestone loaded at Calcite, Michigan. After discharging the stone, she went to Silver Bay to take on a cargo of iron ore pellets that she took  to the Cleveland Bulk Terminal at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. After discharging some of the cargo there, she traveled up the River to the Mittal Steel plant to discharge the rest of the taconite.
Picture above taken Wednesday, May 19, 2004
Picture above taken Monday, October 18, 1999


  1. She was just downbound by Wyandotte MI in the fog.

  2. Austin loves ships says:

    Saw her by rouge river

  3. Austin loves ships says:

    She goes through the rivers at green bay wisconsin

  4. Spike Samuels says:

    Looks like I’m hiring on to the American Courage as a Relief QMED. Being I’m new to ASC Ships can anyone fill me in on living/working conditions? I’ve been on ships that were more like prison sentences rather then a job. Thanks for any info.

  5. Tristin (loves ships) says:

    This is a strange ship knowing all the “American” ships are thousand-foot ships.

    • Tristan
      Not quite true. There are a number of American-flagged boats at less than 1,000 feet…Alpena, Roger Blough and Lee Tregurtha, to name just a few.

    • Tristin,
      Not Quite, they have acquired American Victory, American Valor, and American Fortitude. Plus, they have always had American Mariner. Thus, there are only three thousand footers that American Steamship Company has that also have the prefix “American.” These three vessels are American Spirit, American Integrity, and American Century.

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