American Century former Columbia Star

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

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

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

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

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

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