American Valor here with limestone, then to Silver Bay for iron ore pellets

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The American Valor came into port on Friday evening around 6:00 (above). It brought limestone loaded at Calcite, Michigan into port. When the boat is discharged sometime this morning, it will go up to Silver Bay to load iron ore pellets for Ashtabula. The Valor is the former Armco, a boat that was here many times over the years. Now owned by American Steamship in Buffalo, it has been painted in American Steamship white and black and no longer shows the Oglebay Norton red/orange colors.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-14-2008

American Valor, Vista Star, North Pier Light

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On June 25th, the American Valor, formerly called the Armco, entered the Duluth ship canal accompanied by the local cruise vessel Vista Star (above). As it did last week, the American Valor is back again with another cargo of limestone loaded at Calcite, Michigan. As last week, it will discharge that cargo here before going to Silver Bay to load taconite for the Cleveland Bulk Terminal, located at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. It is becoming a regular route for the boat and its crew. The Cleveland Bulk Terminal is a transfer point between Great Lakes ore carriers and steel mills located up river where many of the big ore carriers cannot get to. The taconite pellets are transferred at the Terminal to smaller, ‘river’ boats.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-02-2006

Armco is now American Valor

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The American Valor is due here this morning to discharge a cargo of limestone it picked up at Port Dolomite, Michigan. When that task is complete, it will go to Silver Bay to load taconite for Cleveland. The American Valor is better known here as the Armco, a boat that visited the port 11 times last year. This will be only its second visit this year, the first under its new name. Photo taken June 26, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-18-2006

Armco makes initial visit of season

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The Armco (seen above coming into Duluth in August, 2002) will be here today to discharge limestone that was loaded in Calcite, Michigan. It should finish this evening and depart for Silver Bay to load taconite for a lower lakes port. It is the first trip to the Twin Ports this season for the Armco. It visited 11 times last year. Built in 1953 in Lorain, Ohio, it was named for the Armco Steel Corporation, located in Middletown, Ohio. Another visitor to the Twin Ports is named after the town where Armco Steel is located.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-10-2006

Armco visits Twin Ports

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The Armco will be here today to discharge limestone, as she has done on most of her 6 other visits here this year. It was built in 1953 in Lorain, Ohio and was named for the Armco Steel Corporation, located in Middletown, Ohio. Another visitor to the Twin Ports is named after the town where Armco Steel is located.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-10-2005

Armco here with limestone

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The Armco (now American Valor) was built in 1953 by the American Shipbuilding Company in Lorain, Ohio. It was named for the Armco Steel Corporation. Here only 4 times in 2003, it made 17 trips to the Twin Ports last year. On this trip it will first discharge a cargo of limestone and then load taconite for a lower lakes port.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/9/2005

Armco makes the rounds

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The Armco does not get up here very often, but it does get around. So far this season, it has made visits to Indiana Harbor in Indiana, Cleveland, Lorain and Ashtabula in Ohio, Erie, Pennsylvania, Calcite, Michigan, and Silver Bay and Two Harbors in Minnesota. It was named for the Armco Steel Corporation.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-14-2004