American Fortitude brings limestone from Calcite

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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 year, it was here 14 times.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-11-2008

American Fortitude still busy

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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 measure of unpredictability on the American Fortitude as well. Formerly the Courtney Burton, the boat is only making its 9th appearance here this season. Last year, it was here 24 times. On most of those trips, it loaded wheat for General Mills in Buffalo. Above, as the Courtney Burton, it is departing Duluth in August, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-25-2007

American Fortitude a busy boat

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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 taconite from Silver Bay to Ashtabula, and occasionally to Indiana Harbor. The bulk terminal at Cleveland provides taconite for the Mittal Steel Plant up the river. Since the Fortitude is small and nimble, it sometimes becomes a riverboat and takes the taconite directly to the steel plant. Above, we see it coming into Duluth last November.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-15-2007

American Fortitude

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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 American Steamship since it was built in 1977. The 6th one, the St. Clair, has been owned by American Steamship since it was built in 1976. The American Fortitude, due here today to load taconite, is seen above coming into port on November 5th.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-28-2006

American Fortitude in Twin Ports harbor

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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 rejuvenated Kinsman Independent (becoming the Voyageur Independent) as the main hauler of wheat from Midwestern farms, by way of Duluth Superior, to Buffalo. Above, it departs Duluth this past August.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-04-2006