American Courage leaves for Silver Bay

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. … [Read more...]

Holly gets American Courage

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 … [Read more...]

American Courage brings limestone and a nice whistle

Listen to her whistle: American Courage coming into port on Thursday, October 13, 2011 … [Read more...]

American Courage makes 4th trip here this season

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 … [Read more...]

American Courage here with limestone

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 … [Read more...]

American Courage arrives Twin Ports

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 … [Read more...]

American Courage was Fred R. White, Jr.

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 … [Read more...]

Fred R. White Jr.

The Fred R. White is one of several 'river boats' we don't see very often. They normally load taconite pellets brought down from Lake Superior by larger boats and discharged at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. 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 … [Read more...]

Fred R. White Jr. visits Duluth

The Fred R. White is one of several 'river boats' that don't visit the Twin Ports very often. They normally work on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, loading taconite pellets brought down from Lake Superior by larger boats. These boats, often one of the 13 thousand footers on the Great Lakes, cannot negotiate the narrow curves of the river. Instead, they discharge taconite at … [Read more...]