American Spirit making the harbor turn

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The thousand foot long American Spirit was expected to arrive very early this morning to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. Above, it is moving slowly through the Duluth harbor last October. The Paul R. Tregurtha came into port last night to load 62,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources. The Tregurtha, at 1,013.5 feet long, is the longest of the 13 thousand foot boats on the Great Lakes today. Along with the two thousand footers mentioned above, three more will be arriving today to load coal at the Midwest dock today, and the 730 foot Canadian Transport, held back by high winds for several days, should be here trying to fit into the waiting line. Two Fednav ships, the Federal Hunter and the Federal Asahi both arrived last night to load wheat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-01-2007

American Spirit here for winter layup

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The American Spirit was expected to arrive here earlier this morning for its 31st and last trip of the season. It loaded taconite on all the previous trips this year. Today, it will go into winter lay up at the Port Terminal. It is the second of 11 boats expected to spend the winter in the port. Above, the American Spirit turns into the Duluth harbor in October, 2006.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-09-2007

American Spirit arrives Duluth-Superior

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The American Spirit arrived Sunday (above) to load taconite at the CN Dock in West Duluth. It will take that cargo down to Zug Island, a man-made, heavily industrialized island in the city of River Rouge, just south of Detroit. The American Spirit used to be called the George A. Stinson. As the Stinson, it carried taconite for National Steel. When National Steel declared bankruptcy several years ago, the Stinson was renamed the American Spirit by the owner, American Steamship. National Steel had facilities at Zug Island, but sold them to US Steel when the company went bankrupt.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-16-2006

American Spirit departs Duluth ship canal

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The American Spirit should be coming into the Twin Ports this morning for the 24th time this season. On this trip, it will be loading taconite at the CN Dock in West Duluth. That cargo will be delivered to an ISG steel plant in Indiana Harbor. The Arthur M. Anderson has been discharging limestone at the CN Dock that it picked up at Cedarville, Michigan. It will leave here later today and load taconite at the CN Dock in West Duluth for a lower lakes port.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-21-2006

American Spirit exits Duluth ship canal

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The American Spirit is here today for the 5th time this season. The first four trips found it loading taconite at the Burlington Northern dock in Superior. Today, it is loading taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth (formerly the DM&IR). Two salt water ships will be departing today. One of them, the Pontoporos, will be taking durum wheat to Algeria. The wheat is often used there to make couscous, a dish that can include a variety of other ingredients including lamb, beef and vegetables.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-02-2006

American Spirit coming for taconite

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The American Spirit will be here today for the 22nd time this year. Like the other trips, it will load taconite, on this trip taking it to the ISG steel plant in Indiana Harbor. The American Spirit previously visited the Twin Ports many times as the George A. Stinson. Photo taken September 29, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-15-2005

American Spirit departs Duluth

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The American Spirit will be here today loading taconite for Zug Island, Michigan. Before last year, it visited here under the name George A. Stinson many times.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-19-2005