A barge named James L. Kuber

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I suppose if you only have one boat coming in for the day, it might as well be the biggest boat on the Great Lakes, and that is what we have today. The Paul R. Tregurtha will be here to load coal for the Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan. That happens about once a week during the shipping season. The steamship Reserve used to come here, not as often, but still fairly regularly. It was back in the Twin Ports yesterday, but everything behind the self unloader has been removed, replaced by a notch for a tug. The Reserve is now a barge named the James L. Kuber. After discharging limestone in the port, the barge, pushed by the tug Victory, departed on Friday afternoon (above) for Silver Bay to load iron ore pellets.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-19-2008

Steamer Reserve now barge James L. Kuber

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The tug Victory was set to arrive earlier this morning, pushing the barge James L. Kuber in front of it. The barge was last here on July 13th, 2007 when it was the steamer Reserve. It left on the 14th and is now coming back as the barge James L. Kuber. Above it is seen coming into port two weeks earlier, on July 1st, when it was still the steamer Reserve. The power plant was taken out and the superstructure, the two decks above the main deck at the bow of the boat, as in the picture above, were removed and a notch was added so that a tug could move in and connect to the vessel. Why was it done? One reason was the reduction in crew needed to operate a tug as opposed to a Great Lakes steamer. The tug only needs a crew of about 14 while the Reserve had a crew of at least 25.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-17-2008

Reserve entering Duluth

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The Reserve arrived in Duluth on January 12, 2006 for winter layup. She came in as an Oglebay Norton steamer but departed as the newest boat in the growing K & K Warehousing fleet in Menominee, Michigan. Still called the Reserve, it is a self-unloader built in 1953 by Great Lakes Engineering Works at River Rouge, Michigan. It is 767 feet long and has a maximum carrying capacity of 26,000 tons. It is powered by a 7,000-hp steam turbine. In 1975, the Reserve was lengthened at Fraser Shipyards in Superior by 120 feet. A 260-foot self-unloading boom was added in 1983. With out these enhancements, the boat probably would not have lasted this long. Above, the Reserve enters the Duluth ship canal in November, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-14-2007

Reserve coming to winter 05-06 layup

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The Reserve should be here today to discharge a load of limestone before heading over to Silver Bay to load taconite. It came in for winter lay up on January 12th of this year (the last shipping season) (above) and in early March, it was sold by Oglebay Norton to K&K Warehousing, Inc. of Menominee, Michigan for $4 million. This will be the 13th trip here for the Reserve this season. That is about the number of trips it has made here for the last several seasons.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-21-2006

Reserve has been sold

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The Reserve should be here today to load taconite. It will likely follow the Philip R. Clarke at the CN Dock in West Duluth. It came in for winter lay up on January 12th of this year (the last shipping season) and in early March, it was sold by Oglebay Norton to K&K Warehousing, Inc. of Menominee, Michigan for $4 million. This will be the 9th trip here for the Reserve this season. That is about the number of trips it has made here for the last several seasons.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-25-2006

Reserve winter layup

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The Reserve spent the winter here (above) but has only come back 6 times. Today, it will be here to discharge limestone on its 7th trip. But it has been busy. Beside the Twin Ports, the Reserve has visited Calcite, Ashtabula, Alpena, Cleveland, Lorain, Two Harbors, Ontonogon, Munising, Silver Bay, Gary, Indiana Harbor, Marquette and Toledo. On most of those trips, it has carried limestone or taconite. Photo taken February 15, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-14-2005

Reserve here with limestone

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The Reserve (now the barge James L. Kuber) will be here today with limestone it loaded at Calcite, Michigan. After discharging that cargo, it will depart for Silver Bay to pick up a cargo of taconite for Cleveland, Ohio.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/19/2005