American Courage here with limestone

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The American Courage came under the Lift Bridge late Thursday afternoon (above) with a cargo of limestone. It is the first visit since September 9 last year. It usually makes 3 or 4 trips a season, spending most of its time in the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. It is one of about four Great Lakes freighters that load taconite brought down by bigger boats that cannot operate in the Cuyahoga River. These ‘river boats’ pick the pellets up at the mouth of the river and take them to steel mills about 6 miles up river. Early risers might be able to catch two research vessels leaving the port for extended trips into Lake Superior. The Blue Heron may depart around 7 am this morning and the L.L. Smith, Jr., a couple hours later. Photo taken on June 11, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-12-2009

American Courage arrives Twin Ports

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The American Courage came into port on Friday evening (above) with a cargo of limestone loaded at Calcite, Michigan. After discharging the stone, the boat will move up to Silver Bay today to take on a cargo of taconite that it will take down to the Cleveland Bulk Terminal at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. After discharging some of the cargo there, it will go up the River to the Mittal Steel plant to discharge the rest of the taconite. Photo taken on September 21, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-22-2007

American Courage was Fred R. White, Jr.

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The American Courage will be here today to discharge a cargo of limestone it picked up in Calcite, Michigan. Formerly called the Fred R. White, it usually gets up to Duluth 2 or 3 times a year. This will be the second trip this year; it was also here in August. It is one of several ‘river boats’ built especially to carry taconite pellets up the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland to the J & L Steel plant, now called ISG (International Steel Group Inc.). Larger boats, particularly thousand footers, load taconite from Lake Superior ports such as Duluth and discharge them at the mouth of the Cuyahoga at a facility called the Cleveland Bulk Terminal. The big boats cannot negotiate the narrow curves of the river so smaller river boats such as the White load the pellets and take them to steel mills up the river. It will go over to Silver Bay next to pick up its own cargo of taconite to carry up the Cuyahoga River. Photo taken on May 19, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-15-2006

Fred R. White Jr.

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The Fred R. White is one of several ‘river boats’ we don’t see very often. They normally load taconite pellets brought down from Lake Superior by larger boats and discharged at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. The big boats cannot negotiate the narrow curves of the river so smaller river boats such as the White load the pellets and take them to steel mills up the river.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-03-2005

Fred R. White Jr. visits Duluth

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The Fred R. White is one of several ‘river boats’ that don’t visit the Twin Ports very often. They normally work on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, loading taconite pellets brought down from Lake Superior by larger boats. These boats, often one of the 13 thousand footers on the Great Lakes, cannot negotiate the narrow curves of the river. Instead, they discharge taconite at the mouth of the river and the smaller river boats load it and move it to steel mills up the river.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-16-2004