Great Republic stops in Duluth

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American Republic arrives Twin Ports

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The American Republic (seen above entering the Duluth harbor in July) loaded coal in Toledo and is expected here today to discharge that cargo at the Reiss Dock before moving over to Midwest Energy to load coal for Silver Bay. From there it will take iron ore pellets to Cleveland, some of which will be dropped at the Cleveland Bulk Terminal. It will then go up the river with the remaining pellets and discharge them at Mittal Steel. Mittal needs a certain amount of pellets that are higher quality and are only dropped once. The pellets discharged at the Bulk Terminal are dropped there and will be picked up later and taken to Mittal where they will be dropped a second time. Only a smaller boat like the Republic can load pellets in Silver Bay and go to Cleveland and then up the river to Mittal where they will drop those pellets for only the first time. The larger boats cannot navigate in the river. Photo taken on July 06, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-06-2008

American Republic here to repair stern thruster

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The American Republic was on its way to Silver Bay to load taconite when they had trouble with their stern thruster, an engine that gives the boat side to side maneuverability, especially helpful when navigating in tight harbor conditions and narrow rivers. The American Republic is a river boat and is often taking taconite pellets up the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. It changed course and came into Duluth on Sunday morning to get the stern thruster repaired at Fraser Shipyards. That done, it left Duluth on Monday afternoon (above) for Silver Bay.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-08-2008

American Republic here with limestone

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The American Republic, seen above entering the Duluth ship canal last January, loaded limestone in Calcite, Michigan and is expected here today to discharge that cargo before going up to Silver Bay to load iron ore pellets. It will then go to Cleveland to discharge part of the cargo at the Cleveland Bulk Terminal at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. From there, the boat will go up the river to Mittal Steel to discharge the remaining pellets.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-06-2008

American Republic

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It is an active and interesting day. The Magdalena Green is/was expected to come under the Lift Bridge this morning about 6:30. On her deck will be wind turbine blades, a beautiful sight to see, especially if the sun is rising behind the pure white blades as it arrives at the Lift Bridge. A local favorite, the Alpena, should already be here discharging cement. Also this morning, the American Republic will be here to discharge limestone. It is seldom seen here. It is a ‘river’ boat, usually taking taconite up the Cuyahoga River to ISG steel plants in Cleveland. Tonight, we send spring wheat to the Dominican Republic aboard the Chios Pride, and a combination of flax, soy beans and wheat on the Orsula, going to Ghent, Belgium.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-06-2006

American Republic at ore dock

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Before this season, the American Republic had not been here since 2002. Today, it is here, or rather was here, to load taconite for the third time this season. It was set to leave very early this morning, and, as the season winds down, is the only arrival or departure for the Twin Ports today. Above, the boat’s self unloader is up in the air on a visit here on July 15, 2002, there to allow taconite pellets to be dumped into the cargo holds. At the other end of the trip, the self unloader, not surprisingly, will be used to discharge the pellets using a series of conveyor belts. It was built specifically to carry taconite pellets from Lorain, Ohio, 35 miles up Lake Erie to Cleveland and then up the Cuyahoga River to the LTV Steel plant. But it obviously is available for much longer trips periodically.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-08-2006

American Republic rare visit

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The seldom seen American Republic will be here today to load coal for Ashland, Wisconsin. It was here in October to load taconite and before that, it was only here for 5 trips in 2002 since at least 1996. It was built specifically to carry taconite pellets from Lorain, Ohio, 35 miles up Lake Erie to Cleveland and then up the Cuyahoga River to the LTV Steel plant.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-15-2005