American Courage leaves for Silver Bay

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The American Courage arrived Saturday evening with limestone to discharge at the Graymont dock in Superior. This morning (Sunday, August 30, 2015), she departed Duluth for Silver Bay to load iron ore pellets. She was built in 1979 as the Fred R. White Jr.  at Sturgeon Bay and is 636 feet long with 20 hatches that open into 5 cargo holds. She can load 23,800 tons of cargo.
She was originally named for a man who started work as an accountant in the operations department of Columbia Transportation Company in 1935. He held many leadership positions with the company. In June, 2006, the boat was sold by Oglebay Norton to American Steamship and given her current name. She made 9 trips here last year; this is her 3rd trip this season.
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Holly gets American Courage

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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. It was her 3rd trip to the Duluth Superior this season (the boat’s third, not the Grandmother’s), the first two were in July. She (the boat, not the Grandmother) brought limestone to discharge at the Graymont dock in Superior. After that, she (see above) moved to the CN dock in West Duluth to load iron ore pellets for Cleveland. She was initially named after Fred R. White, a man who started as an accountant in the vessel operations department of Columbia Transportation Company in 1935. He held many leadership positions with the company.

American Courage brings limestone and a nice whistle

Listen to her whistle:
American Courage coming into port on Thursday, October 13, 2011
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American Courage makes 4th trip here this season

American Courage departing Duluth with iron ore pellets The American Courage was here for the 4th time this season on June 8th, loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth for Zug Island, Michigan. As you can see in the pictures here, she has now been painted with the  colors of her new owner, American Steamship.  She was originally named after Fred R. White, a man who started work as an accountant in the vessel operations department of Columbia Transportation Company in 1935. In June, 2006, the boat was sold by Oglebay Norton to American Steamship and given her current name.
American Courage departing Duluth with iron ore pellets

American Courage here with limestone

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The American Courage came under the Lift Bridge late Thursday afternoon (above) with a cargo of limestone. It is the first visit since September 9 last year. It usually makes 3 or 4 trips a season, spending most of its time in the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. It is one of about four Great Lakes freighters that load taconite brought down by bigger boats that cannot operate in the Cuyahoga River. These ‘river boats’ pick the pellets up at the mouth of the river and take them to steel mills about 6 miles up river. Early risers might be able to catch two research vessels leaving the port for extended trips into Lake Superior. The Blue Heron may depart around 7 am this morning and the L.L. Smith, Jr., a couple hours later. Photo taken on June 11, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-12-2009

American Courage arrives Twin Ports

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The American Courage came into port on Friday evening (above) with a cargo of limestone loaded at Calcite, Michigan. After discharging the stone, the boat will move up to Silver Bay today to take on a cargo of taconite that it will take down to the Cleveland Bulk Terminal at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. After discharging some of the cargo there, it will go up the River to the Mittal Steel plant to discharge the rest of the taconite. Photo taken on September 21, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-22-2007

American Courage was Fred R. White, Jr.

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The American Courage will be here today to discharge a cargo of limestone it picked up in Calcite, Michigan. Formerly called the Fred R. White, it usually gets up to Duluth 2 or 3 times a year. This will be the second trip this year; it was also here in August. It is one of several ‘river boats’ built especially to carry taconite pellets up the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland to the J & L Steel plant, now called ISG (International Steel Group Inc.). Larger boats, particularly thousand footers, load taconite from Lake Superior ports such as Duluth and discharge them at the mouth of the Cuyahoga at a facility called the Cleveland Bulk Terminal. The big boats cannot negotiate the narrow curves of the river so smaller river boats such as the White load the pellets and take them to steel mills up the river. It will go over to Silver Bay next to pick up its own cargo of taconite to carry up the Cuyahoga River. Photo taken on May 19, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-15-2006