American Fortitude brings limestone from Calcite

The American Fortitude, seen above departing Duluth in August, 2006, should have arrived in port with limestone loaded at Calcite, Michigan. After discharging that cargo, it will go to Silver Bay to load iron ore pellets to take to the Cleveland Bulk Terminal at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. This is only the 3rd trip the boat has made to the Twin Ports this season. Last … [Read more...]

American Fortitude still busy

If you like variety, the American Fortitude is the boat to be on. It carries a wide variety of cargos to a wide variety of ports. It will be here today discharging limestone it loaded in Port Inland, Michigan. It may then load coal for Ashland and then go to Silver Bay to load taconite or it may go directly to Silver Bay after it completes discharging the limestone. You get a … [Read more...]

American Fortitude a busy boat

The American Fortitude will be here today for the 8th time this season. It was here 24 times last year. It is traveling a familiar pattern, loading limestone in Michigan, in this case Port Inland, and bringing it to Superior for discharge, then going to Silver Bay to load taconite pellets for the Cleveland Bulk terminal at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. It also brings … [Read more...]

American Fortitude

Six US flagged lakers will be in port today, four of them were sold this spring from Oglebay Norton to American Steamship. The first part of each new name is American. The other two involved in the sale, the American Integrity and the American Valor, will make an appearance on Wednesday. The 5th laker here today is the Walter J. McCarthy Jr., a boat that has been owned by … [Read more...]

American Fortitude in Twin Ports harbor

The American Fortitude will be here for the 20th time this season. Like most of the trips, it will be loading wheat for flour mills in Buffalo. It spent last winter in the Twin Ports, coming in as the Courtney Burton and departing with its current name after it was sold by Oglebay Norton to American Steamship. It replaced the now scrapped Joseph H. Frantz which replaced the now … [Read more...]

American Fortitude to depart

Sometimes, boats that come into port early in the day, also leave the same day, providing boat watchers with a double chance to see the boat, although they may have to be up early in the morning to do it. The Algosoo is bringing salt into port very early this morning. After discharging that cargo, it will move over to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to load coal. The only … [Read more...]

American Fortitude was Courtney Burton

The fall harvest must be here since the American Fortitude is loading wheat at General Mills for Buffalo grain mills. The boat (formerly the Courtney Burton, as above in August, 2002) replaced the now scrapped Joseph H. Frantz. The Frantz replaced the now rejuvenated Kinsman Independent (as the Voyageur Independent) as the main hauler of wheat from Midwestern farms, by way of … [Read more...]

American Fortitude gets new lettering

Several weeks ago, the then Courtney Burton brought limestone into port and then went over to Fraser Shipyards in Superior to get refitted as an American Steamship vessel called the American Fortitude. American Steamship had just purchased six boats from the Oglebay Norton Company and renamed them all. The American Fortitude will be here today to discharge limestone it loaded … [Read more...]

American Fortitude continued

The American Fortitude was still being worked on Wednesday morning. It still needs an 'Amer' added to the nameplate on the stern of the boat. Above, a crane from Fraser Shipyards in Superior is moving equipment onto the boat. Just above the base of the crane you can see the bow of the John Sherwin, the boat that sat idle in the port since 1981, but which was moved to the … [Read more...]

American Fortitude is new name

The Oglebay Norton company has completed the sale of six of their vessels, all frequent visitors to Duluth. American Steamship purchased all six and is now in the process of refitting them. One of them, the Courtney Burton, brought limestone into port and then went over to Fraser Shipyards in Superior to get refitted as an American Steamship vessel. That includes a new name, … [Read more...]

The Courtney Burton, now American Fortitude, in Duluth with limestone

The Courtney Burton (above, departing Duluth in August, 2002) should arrive today for the first time this season bringing the first limestone of the season into the port. And it appears that the Earl W. Oglebay will finally get started on the season, leaving the boat's winter layup at the Fraser Shipyards in Superior for Silver Bay to load taconite. Tonight, the Ziemia … [Read more...]