We get a big hand from …

… the American Century (formerly the Columbia Star) as she came into Duluth around noon on December 29th, 2010. The hand inside the hand belongs to John Kernohan, 2nd mate on the boat (inset). They are here to load 64,000 tons of low sulfur coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. Later today, she will depart to take that cargo to Silver Bay.

American Century ready to depart Duluth

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The American Century came under the Lift Bridge at 4:03 Sunday morning to load coal. It left under the Lift Bridge with coal at 5:15 Sunday afternoon (pictured approaching the bridge on Sunday). Three more thousand footers will be here today to load coal, starting with the Indiana Harbor expected a little after midnight. It should leave late this morning, opening the coal dock for the Paul R. Tregurtha, expected to arrive around 4 this morning and then wait at the Port Terminal for the Indiana Harbor to finish. Around noon, the James R. Barker will arrive, waiting probably until late tonight to get to the coal dock. It will take a load to Taconite Harbor and be back for more on Wednesday evening. Photo taken on July 12, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-13-2009

American Century departs via Duluth canal

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The American Century was expected early this morning and was probably loading coal as the sun came up. It is seen above departing the port in April, last year. It should finish early this afternoon. The American Integrity is also expected today, just before noon, and should depart shortly before midnight. These two boats have followed each other since they both arrived in the Twin Ports on April 24th. Departing here with coal, one came back on May 1st and the other on May 2nd. On May 8th, they both came back and on May 14, one arrived; on May 15, the other came. Today, they are both back in the Twin Ports. Both loaded 64,000 tons of coal and both are taking it to Detroit Edison in St. Clair, Michigan. That means we will see them both back in about a week. They are both thousand footers and were both purchased from the Oglebay Norton Company by American Steamship in 2006. Aren’t you glad someone is keeping track of this for you? Photo taken on April 09, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-21-2009

American Century as her former self

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The American Century and the American Integrity will both be in port today. It is the 3rd weekend in a row that both have been here together. The first two times the Century arrived first. With both loading coal, the Integrity had to wait each time. Things will change today. The Integrity is expected just before noon, the Century just after noon. But this time, the Century will be loading taconite at the CN Dock in West Duluth, just across the St. Louis River from Midwest Energy where the Integrity will be loading coal. The photo above shows the American Century departing Duluth in 2004 when it was called the Columbia Star.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-08-2009

American Century in her new black coat

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The American Century came into port Friday afternoon to load coal at Midwest Energy. This is only the 2nd visit the Century has made to the Twin Ports this season. Like the first visit, last weekend, it will take the coal to Detroit Edison. Until last week, this boat had an iron ore red color when visiting, but over the winter, it was painted black and white, the colors of the new owner, American Steamship. They purchased the boat from Oglebay Norton in 2006. Photo taken on May 01, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-02-2009

American Century at Port Terminal

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The BBC Maine will be here later this week for the third time this season, each time bringing wind turbine parts. Even when no ships are bringing wind turbines into port, trucks have been rolling them out from the Port Authority for some time. Above, on Monday morning, a Gamesa nacelle, brought here from Spain, is about to leave for the Farmers City Wind Project near Tarkio, Missouri while behind the trailer, the American Century is getting some minor repairs. Photo taken on November 10, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-11-2008

American Century former Columbia Star

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It has been over two years since Oglebay Norton sold six vessels to American Steamship Company in Buffalo. They were the: Oglebay Norton, Columbia Star, Armco, Middletown, Courtney Burton and Fred R. White Jr. They still make regular visits. In the same order, the American Integrity was here last Wednesday, the American Century is expected today, the American Valor will be in Two Harbors today, the American Victory came in Sunday morning, the American Fortitude was here in late September and American Courage will be in Silver Bay tomorrow. Above, the Columbia Star (now the American Century) heads for the Lift Bridge on October 21st, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-13-2008

American Century ice is nice

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It almost looks like the port of Duluth Superior is holding a year end sale on coal and taconite. The sale goes all the way up to Two Harbors, at least for the taconite. Buyers of those two products know they will not be able to get more from here between the middle of January and the middle of March. The other end of the Seaway (Duluth is the western most tip of the St. Lawrence Seaway System) is closing up for the winter. Yesterday, the Saint-Lambert Lock at Montreal, the entrance to the St. Lawrence Seaway, closed after the Birchglen moved through it on the way to Baltimore. Back here, the American Century arrived in port last night for coal and should be departing sometime this morning. Above, it is seen departing Duluth on December 7th, loaded down with ice. Today, with warmer weather and quieter winds, it does not carry so much ice along for the ride. Photo taken on December 07,2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-29-2007

American Century departing Twin Ports

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Yesterday was probably not the most productive day the port has had. High winds, repairs to docks and to boats slowed things down a bit. The Alpena was to have departed today but is undergoing repairs and may not depart until Thursday after discharging the usual cargo of cement. Repairs have been made at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock and the lineup to load coal there is over. The American Century was due here last night and should be about finished loading coal as the sun comes up today. It will take the coal to Silver Bay this morning, leaving the coal dock open for the Paul R. Tregurtha to move right in, assuming it arrived earlier this morning. Above, the American Century is seen departing Duluth last July. Photo taken on July 20, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-14-2007

American Century takes coal

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The American Century, formerly the Columbia Star, departed Duluth on Friday evening (above) for a quick trip to Silver Bay to discharge coal for North Shore Mining. As it departed, it went past the Canadian Enterprise, at anchor off the Duluth piers waiting for the James R. Barker which had replaced the American Century. When the James R. Barker departed, probably earlier this morning, the Canadian Enterprise was in from the anchorage and over at Midwest Energy loading coal. After it departs sometime this morning, the American Century will be back from its trip to Silver Bay, ready to take on another load of coal, this time for its usual destination, a Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair, Michigan. Photo taken on July 20, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-21-2007

American Century departing Duluth

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The James R. Barker will be loading coal today for Taconite Harbor, just up the North Shore. When they complete discharging that cargo there, they will return to the Twin Ports on Tuesday to load another cargo of coal for another Lake Superior port, this time Marquette on the south shore. Above, the American Century departed Duluth on Saturday afternoon with a cargo of coal for Detroit Edison. Photo taken on July 14, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-15-2007

American Century no longer Columbia Star

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The American Century was scheduled to arrive last night so it should be departing today with coal for the St. Clair power plant of Detroit Edison, it’s usual stop. Then the Canadian flagged Algolake and the U.S. flagged Walter J. McCarthy Jr. will be here to take two loads of coal to Ontario Power Generation at Nanticoke. After that, two thousand-footers (all 13 are US flagged) will take two more loads to Detroit Edison, and so the season progresses. To most of us, it seems pretty exciting but the routine of making trips back and forth is beginning to set in for those who work on the boats. The picture above was taken in October, 2001 when the American Century was owned by the Oglegbay Norton Company and was called the Columbia Star. The boat was sold to American Steamship in Buffalo last spring.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-04-2007

American Century says see you later, Duluth

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Three thousand footers will be here today loading coal. The Paul R. Tregurtha, at 1,013 feet 6 inches long, is the longest of the 13 thousand footers on the lakes. It came in last night at 6:30 and should depart sometime this morning. The American Integrity and American Century should also be arriving to load coal, although the Century may not get here until early Wednesday morning. The Tregurtha and the Integrity will be loading about 62,000 tons for Detroit Edison. The American Century will be going to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke with another 62,000 tons. Above, the American Century entertained visitors to the Duluth ship canal on July 4th this past summer.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-05-2006

American Century runs to Silver Bay

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The American Century, formerly the Columbia Star, is expected back from a quick trip to Silver Bay to deliver some coal to Minnesota Power. Today, it is loading coal for Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan. It will follow the Algosoo at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior and should complete loading coal there early in the morning. That coal will go to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Above, the American Century departed Duluth Sunday afternoon for Silver Bay.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-09-2006

American Century with Fourth crowd

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Four thousand-footers will come under the Lift Bridge today and one more will enter by way of the Superior entry. The Indiana Harbor arrived last night and should have departed early this morning with a cargo of coal. Both the Paul R. Tregurtha and the American Century will appear later today for their cargo of coal. True to its name, the Mesabi Miner will be here to load taconite. The boat was named in honor of the men and women who have worked on the Mesabi Iron Range, the source for the taconite it is loading today. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was named for the former president of Detroit Edison, the owner of the Midwest Energy Coal dock in Superior. However, the McCarthy is loading taconite today at the Burlington Northern dock in Superior. Above, the American Century departed Duluth on July 4th this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-15-2006

Columbia Star loading 62,000 tons of coal

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Four 1000 footers will be here today loading coal and taconite. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. should be first in, loading 62,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. The coal for this particular load came from 3 different coal mines in Montana. The McCarthy will be taking it to electric power plants in two different locations, one in St. Clair, Michigan and one in Essexville, Michigan. The Columbia Star (above, departing Duluth in October, 2001) will follow the McCarthy, also loading 62,000 tons of coal but from only two mines in Montana. All of this load will be discharged at the Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/8/2006

Merry Christmas Columbia Star

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The Columbia Star is doing double duty for Oglebay Norton (the company) when they take coal to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke, as they will today. There is only room for about half the length of a 1,000-footer at the dock at Nanticoke. The Columbia Star is able to tie up to a dock from its stern and amidships. The Oglebay Norton, the other 1,000 foot boat in the Oglebay Norton fleet, can only tie up to a dock from its bow and stern. Above, the Columbia Star waits in the St. Louis River to load coal on Christmas day, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-25-2005

Columbia Star departs Duluth

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The Columbia Star came into port yesterday for the 25th trip of the season to the Twin Ports. It departed the port with a load of coal. It will be here tomorrow for the 26th time this season. In between was a quick trip to Silver Bay Power. Today’s trip will take the boat to St.Clair, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-11-2005

Columbia Star likes the Blues too

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The Columbia Star was right on cue Saturday afternoon, providing a nice backdrop to Ronnie Baker Brooks at the Bayfront Blues Festival. The Arthur M. Anderson is set to make an appearance at the Blues Festival late this afternoon, just after coming under the Lift Bridge with a load of limestone.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-14-2005

Columbia Star departs Duluth

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The Columbia Star made 36 trips to the Twin Ports last year. It will be here today for the 13th time this season. One of 13 thousand footers on the Great Lakes, it will load about 62,000 tons of coal for Detroit Edison power plants.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-14-2005

McCarthy and Columbia Star here today

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Two 1,000 footers will be arriving in Duluth today, both to load about 61,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. probably arrived early this morning and should depart before noon today. The Columbia Star (above, now American Century) should arrive around noon and depart before midnight tonight. That assumes both follow their pattern of last year, averaging about 12 hours in port during each visit.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/4/2005

Columbia Star visits are many

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Last August 15th, the Columbia Star departed Duluth (above) as the Lift Bridge came down behind her. That was the 16th visit the boat made to the Twin Ports. Today, it is here for the 42nd time.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-12-2004

Columbia Star in Twin Ports for coal

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The Columbia Star will be here for the 40th time this year. As today, most of those trips this year were to Midwest Energy Resources to load coal. Other trips were to the DM&IR dock in West Duluth and the Burlington Northern dock in Superior, both to load taconite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-20-2004

Columbia Star 30th trip of season

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The Columbia Star is coming to the Twin Ports today for the 30th time this season. Most of those trips, as today, have found the boat loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. On 6 trips, it was across the St. Louis River loading taconite at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-13-2004

Columbia Star and a music star

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The Columbia Star departed Duluth while Tinsley Ellis (right) was entertaining the crowd at the Bayfront Blues Festival in Duluth on August 15th.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-05-2004

Columbia Star back and forth

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The Columbia Star arrived Duluth at 4:05 on Sunday morning, loaded 61,000 tons of coal and left Duluth for Silver Bay at 3:35 Sunday afternoon. It arrived in Silver Bay Sunday evening to discharge the cargo and will then return to Duluth this morning to load another 61,000 tons of coal, this time taking it to Muskegon, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-09-2004

Columbia Star departs with coal

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This is the 12th trip to the Twin Ports for the Columbia Star this year. It will load coal today, as it has on all but one of the previous 11 trips. It took one cargo of taconite out of the Twin Ports on May 19th. Photo taken June 8, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-06-2004

Columbia Star here for coal

columbiastar211021-143The Columbia Star (now the American Century) made 33 trips to the Twin Ports last year. On 32 of those trips, she loaded coal for lower lakes ports in the US and Canada. On her last trip of the season, last January, she loaded taconite. She is 1,000 feet long.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/28/2004

 

Columbia Star waiting for a dock

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The Columbia Star should be here today to load 61,000 tons of coal for Consumers Energy in Michigan. This is her first trip this year to Duluth Superior. Above, she waits in the St. Louis River in December, 2002 to take her turn at the Midwest Energy dock in Superior.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-28-2004

Columbia Star gets some help

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The day after Christmas, the tug North Carolina was out breaking ice for the Columbia Star as she slowly backed her way down the front channel and over to Midwest Energy