American Courage makes 4th trip here this season

American Courage departing Duluth with iron ore pellets The American Courage was here for the 4th time this season on June 8th, loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth for Zug Island, Michigan. As you can see in the pictures here, she has now been painted with the  colors of her new owner, American Steamship.  She was originally named after Fred R. White, a man who started work as an accountant in the vessel operations department of Columbia Transportation Company in 1935. In June, 2006, the boat was sold by Oglebay Norton to American Steamship and given her current name.
American Courage departing Duluth with iron ore pellets

American Integrity gets in line for coal

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This has been and undoubtedly will continue to be a slow season, at least starting out. But that is not obvious in the Twin Ports this weekend. The American Integrity came in on Saturday morning for coal (above) but had to wait on the American Century and the John D. Leitch to complete loading their cargos of coal. The James R. Barker was expected to come in from anchor earlier this morning after the Integrity departed. The Canadian Transport will be here to load coal, as will the largest boat on the Great Lakes, the Paul R. Tregurtha. The CSL Niagara is also out on the lake on the way to Duluth to get coal today. Notably, the Quebecois will be departing after discharging the season’s first cargo of cement. Photo taken on May 02, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-03-2009

See you next week, American Integrity

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American Integrity captain Patrick Nelson was out wishing visitors to the Duluth ship canal a Happy Thanksgiving as he departed the port yesterday with a cargo of coal for Detroit Edison. He will bring the thousand footer back next Tuesday for still another load of coal for Detroit Edison. As of now, there are only four more trips scheduled for the American Integrity before its season ends. Photo taken on November 27, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-28-2008

Oglebay Norton at Midwest Energy

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As you can see by the schedule on this page, we are going to have a big day for ship watching. Of course, we have known for a long time that 3 tall ships will be coming under the Lift Bridge today, but they are only a third, even if they are the prettiest third, of the traffic we will see today. It is a day made for digital cameras that can take lots of pictures at no cost, assuming there are enough batteries in the bag. We will have the heaviest morning traffic in a long time, the heaviest afternoon traffic and the same at night. And as usual, there will be a line to load coal. The American Integrity may go to anchor and wait. It was set to arrive about the same time as the tall ships. The best place for a photo might be from the deck of the Integrity as it sits out in the lake watching the ships come in. The crew of about 18 will not have to fight for a place to stand as you can see in the picture above, taken of the boat in 2004 when it was called the Oglebay Norton.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-31-2008

American Integrity exits Twin Ports

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It is harvest time and it appears this year that will mean a lot of salt water ships in port this fall. But not today. The American Century was expected in port just after midnight to load coal. That should mean it will be departing around noon, in time to leave the Paul R. Tregurtha an open berth at Midwest Energy Resources when it comes in around 6 pm. The Cason J. Callaway should be departing with sinter sometime. Above, the American Integrity departed Duluth on Saturday afternoon. Photo taken on September 15, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-16-2007

American Integrity departing Duluth

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On September 7th, the American Integrity departed Duluth at 9:03 in the morning to take a load of coal to Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan, located on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. Milwaukee is just across the lake on the western shore. The boat ran aground just as it entered the harbor, in about the same place that the Indiana Harbor did the same thing a couple weeks ago. The Integrity was able to move enough coal from its holds to those of the Wilfred Sykes to move off the sand bar. It backed away and waited for the Sykes to discharge about 7,000 tons of the Integrity’s coal at the power plant. Then the lighter American Integrity successfully entered the harbor and discharged the remaining coal. It will be back from that adventure today to load coal again, this time for a Detroit Edison power plant. Above, it is departing the Duluth harbor in September last year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-14-2007

Vessel has identity crisis: American Integrity / Oglebay Norton

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The American Integrity will be here today for the 21st time this year. On all of the visits, including today, it has loaded coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. Most of the time, it takes it to Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair, Michigan. Detroit Edison also owns Midwest Energy Resources and receives much of the coal loaded there, but significant amounts are shipped to several ports on Lake Superior, and to Nanticoke, Ontario. Alone, the Detroit Edison Company receives about 9 million tons of coal per year through the terminal. As today, the American Integrity usually loads about 62,000 tons of the low sulfur coal brought here by train from mines in Montana and Wyoming. Above, it is arriving in Duluth in July, 2005 when it was called the Oglebay Norton. Since June of last year, it has been the American Integrity.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-03-2007