A barge named James L. Kuber

  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 … [Read more...]

Steamer Reserve now barge James L. Kuber

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 … [Read more...]

Reserve entering Duluth

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. … [Read more...]

Reserve coming to winter 05-06 layup

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 … [Read more...]

Reserve has been sold

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 … [Read more...]

Reserve winter layup

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 … [Read more...]

Reserve here with limestone

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 … [Read more...]

Reserve will lay-up in Duluth/Superior

The Reserve came into port on December 15th with a load of limestone. After discharging that cargo, it loaded taconite and departed the next afternoon (above) for Indiana Harbor, Indiana. Today it is back to stay, at least for a couple months. The Reserve and the American Spirit are the first of an estimated 11 boats that will spend the winter in the Duluth Superior harbor. *submitted to the … [Read more...]

Reserve shuttles cargo all around

The Reserve has been moving coal, taconite and limestone between Marquette, Calcite, St Clair, Muskegon, Detroit, Cedarville and Escanaba in Michigan, Silver Bay, Two Harbors and Duluth/Superior in Minnesota (and Wisconsin), and Lorain, Toledo, Cleveland and Ashtabula in Ohio. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-26-2004 … [Read more...]

Reserve brings limestone 5th time

This is the 5th trip the Reserve has made to the Twin Ports this season. In each case, it brought limestone. When the discharge is completed, it will depart for Silver Bay to pick up a cargo of taconite for the lower lakes. Above, arriving Duluth on July 15, 2003. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-08-2004 … [Read more...]

Reserve arrives with limestone

The Reserve is here today to discharge limestone that it loaded in Calcite, Michigan. It will leave here to load taconite in Silver Bay for Cleveland. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-27-2004 … [Read more...]