Great Republic stops in Duluth

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American Republic arrives Twin Ports

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 … [Read more...]

American Republic here to repair stern thruster

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 … [Read more...]

American Republic here with limestone

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 … [Read more...]

American Republic

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 … [Read more...]

American Republic at ore dock

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, … [Read more...]

American Republic rare visit

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 … [Read more...]