Oglebay Norton

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

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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

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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

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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

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American Integrity exits Twin Ports

September 16, 2007

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 […]

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American Integrity departing Duluth

September 14, 2007

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 […]

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Vessel has identity crisis: American Integrity / Oglebay Norton

August 3, 2007

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 […]

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American Integrity departing Duluth as Oglebay Norton

June 11, 2007

Today, most of the traffic has already passed under the Lift Bridge or it will do so much later in the day. The American Integrity is the exception, expected out this morning, assuming it arrived as expected last night. The boat usually loads coal but today is loading taconite at the CN dock in West […]

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American Integrity from high above

May 24, 2007

The American Integrity should be here for its 11th trip of the season. As today, it has loaded coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior on each trip, taking it most of the time to Detroit Edison, as it will do again today. The round trip to Detroit usually takes about a week. Above, it […]

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American Integrity is A-OK

November 22, 2006

It has been a hard couple days for boat, crew and cargo on several boats doing business in the Twin Ports. The Dutch flagged Virginiaborg left Duluth on November 17th. By the time it arrived at the Soo Locks, a fire was discovered in both of the ship’s two cargo holds. It was allowed to […]

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Captain says hi from American Integrity

November 1, 2006

American Integrity Captain Patrick Nelson waves to the crowd as his boat goes under the Lift Bridge last August. At the top of his 1,000 footer, and just under the Lift Bridge, it is just as hard to see him in the picture above as it is when you are at the ship canal waving. […]

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American Integrity departs to music

August 12, 2006

The Tarbox Ramblers played on at the Bayfront Blues Festival on Friday afternoon as the American Integrity departed Duluth. The 1,000-foot-long laker had 62,000 tons of coal to deliver to Detroit Edison at St. Clair, Michigan. Today, most of the boat traffic should be over before the Festival gets going. The music will of course […]

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American Integrity at Midwest Energy

June 22, 2006

Three boats will be here today to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. They have 4 more on Friday, and another 3 on Saturday. So far, Sunday is a day of rest, as was yesterday. That is almost half a million tons of coal that will be shipped out of Superior in the […]

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Oglebay Norton is now American Integrity

June 17, 2006

The American Integrity should have arrived in port earlier this morning. Formerly called the Oglebay Norton, it is here to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. They will load about 64,000 tons of coal and take it up to Silver Bay Power where it will be used to generate electric power. When they […]

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Oglebay Norton loading coal

May 15, 2006

It is a slow Monday in the harbor. The Federal Sakura, delayed by rain, is still at CHS 1 in Superior loading grain. The Oglebay Norton came in last night and will likely leave early this morning. The John Sherwin is still resting at a dock at Fraser Shipyards in Superior, waiting for word from […]

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Who wins?

April 9, 2006

The Columbia Star came in yesterday afternoon to load coal as soon as the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. completed loading. Not long after that, the Oglebay Norton entered the Duluth harbor and tied up at the Port Terminal to wait for the Columbia Star. Somewhere out in the lake (Saturday), the Algolake was moving along, […]

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Oglebay Norton ice

December 22, 2005

The Oglebay Norton was here yesterday for the 46th time this season, loading coal as it has done on most every trip. This is the season when Great Lakes boats begin to look like ice bergs. The Oglebay Norton’s bow is encased in ice, and more ice will follow as the season continues into January. […]

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Oglebay Norton takes Santa for a ride

December 16, 2005

The Oglebay Norton arrived in port early this morning to load coal. Santa Claus is often on this boat and can usually be seen waving from the pilot house when the boat goes under the Lift Bridge. That should happen this afternoon. Patrick Nelson captains the boat and the last time I saw him, he […]

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Oglebay Norton to load coal for St Clair

October 31, 2005

Last October 10th, the Oglebay Norton came under the Lift Bridge at 3:23 in the afternoon. The boat was greeted by people on the Maritime Museum back porch taking in the always spectacular experience of watching 1,000 feet of Great Lakes freighter slowly glide by. Then, as today, the boat is here to load low […]

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Oglebay Norton visits again

October 12, 2005

The Oglebay Norton is back from a quick trip to Silver Bay where it discharged about 62,000 tons of coal. It will load the same amount of coal today, this time for Detroit Edison in St. Clair, Michigan. The Oglebay Norton is one of our most frequent customers. This will be the boat’s 34th visit […]

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Oglebay Norton under the bridge

September 23, 2005

The Oglebay Norton will be here today for the 30th time this season. As usual, it will load about 62,000 tons of coal for delivery to Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair, Michigan. The namesake of the Oglebay Norton Company of Cleveland, Ohio, it is one of the oldest mining companies in the country. […]

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Oglebay Norton with Canal Park visitors

May 7, 2005

The Oglebay Norton will be here today to load about 62,000 tons of coal for delivery to Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair and Monroe, Michigan. It is the namesake of the Oglebay Norton Company of Cleveland, Ohio, one of the oldest mining companies in the country. It is one thousand feet long. *submitted […]

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Oglebay Norton loads coal

January 4, 2005

The Oglebay Norton will be here today to load coal. Last July, it was here loading coal (above) as a saltie was passing in the St. Louis River. The coal loader from Midwest Energy is on the left. The boat has moved its self unloader, usually sitting on the deck, off to the side (upper […]

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Oglebay Norton will load coal

November 28, 2004

The Canadian flagged Algoville should be waiting at anchor to load wheat next week while the Oglebay Norton (above on July 16, 2004) should be arriving this morning to load coal. It will depart the Twin Ports with that cargo on Sunday evening, taking it down to a Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair, […]

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Oglebay Norton at Midwest Energy

October 4, 2004

The Oglebay Norton was here last Wednesday (above) loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources for the St. Clair power plant of Detroit Edison. It will be back today to load coal for Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-04-2004

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Oglebay Norton in the fog

July 21, 2004

Earlier this month, at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock, the Oglebay Norton slowly moved through a thick fog to take the place of the equally slow moving, and departing, Indiana Harbor. Photo taken July 10, 2004. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-21-2004

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Oglebay Norton draws attention

July 15, 2004

The Oglebay Norton attracted quite a crowd when it departed Duluth last Saturday evening with coal for Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan. Today, they will load coal for the St. Clair power plant of Detroit Edison. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-15-2004

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Oglebay Norton makes 14th visit this year

July 3, 2004

The Oglebay Norton will be here for the 14th time this shipping season. It will load coal at Midwest Energy Resources for Silver Bay. After discharging that cargo, the boat will come back to Superior to pick up taconite at the Burlington Northern Dock. That cargo will go to Indiana Harbor, Indiana. *submitted to the […]

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Oglebay Norton will take coal

June 22, 2004

The Oglebay Norton is the namesake of the Oglebay Norton Company of Cleveland, Ohio, one of the oldest mining companies in the country. It will be departing today with about 61,000 tons of coal for delivery to Detroit Edison at St. Clair, Michigan. Photo taken December 1, 2003. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for […]

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Oglebay Norton visits again

June 5, 2004

The Oglebay Norton is making its 10th trip this year to the Twin Ports. On most of the trips, it has loaded coal at Midwest Energy in Superior for Detroit Edison. On two of the trips it loaded taconite for Indiana Harbor at the DM&IR Dock in Duluth. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for […]

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Oglebay Norton almost always loads coal

May 12, 2004

The Oglebay Norton will be here today to load coal for Detroit Edison. It was here 39 times last year, loading coal on almost every trip. It carried a couple taconite cargos to the lower lakes last year. It is one of 13 US flagged thousand footers working the Great Lakes. Photo taken January 5, […]

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