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

American Integrity departing Duluth as Oglebay Norton

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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 Duluth. The Algowood may have come and gone today by breakfast. It was expected in just after midnight to load coal. A salt water ship named the Gadwall should be arriving this evening and dropping anchor off the Duluth piers. This boat is brand new. It will load beet pulp pellets when it comes in. Above, the American Integrity is leaving Duluth in April 2004 when it was called the Oglebay Norton. The name change happened last June.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-11-2007

American Integrity from high above

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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 is departing under the Lift Bridge last Thursday for Detroit so today, a week later, marks a usual turn around for the boat. It will again load coal today for Detroit Edison. The boat has also made a couple trips to Silver Bay with coal. Photo taken on May 17, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-24-2007

American Integrity is A-OK

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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 pass through the Soo Locks and then the smoking cargo, beet pulp pellets loaded in Duluth, was removed. The Paul R. Tregurtha has been seen around here for the last several visits with a tug close by because of a malfunctioning bow thruster. Yesterday, two new blades were added to the bow thruster and the boat was back in business by 6 pm last night. When it completed, earlier this morning, the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. should have followed the Tregurtha at the coal dock. A crew member on the McCarthy had to be taken off the boat by Coast Guard helicopter on Sunday after getting sick. I don’t think anything is wrong with the cargo or crew of the American Integrity also due here today. Above, it is departing Duluth on September 11th.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-22-2006

Captain says hi from American Integrity

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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. Today will be the 35th time his boat has been here this season. On all those trips, the boat loaded coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. It has usually taken a few cargos of taconite down to the lower lakes, but so far not this year. Today, he will take 62,000 tons of coal to Detroit Edison at St. Clair, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-01-2006

American Integrity departs to music

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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 go on without the boats, unless some of boats are late enough to catch some sounds in the afternoon.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-12-2006

American Integrity at Midwest Energy

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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 next three days, going to Muskegon, St. Clair and Marquette in Michigan, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Nanticoke, Ontario. Above, you see the American Integrity loading coal at Midwest in September, 2004. The coal pile is obvious. One of the trains that brings coal in daily from Montana and Wyoming is on the track between the boat and the coal pile. The track encircles the coal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-22-2006

Oglebay Norton is now American Integrity

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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 complete discharging that cargo, sometime later today, they will return to the Twin Ports to take on another load of coal tomorrow, this time for Detroit Edison, their usual destination. Above, the boat departed the Twin Ports in July, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-17-2006

Oglebay Norton loading coal

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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 the Interlake Steamship Company in Cleveland concerning its future. Above, the Oglebay Norton is loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in July, 2004. The Midwest Energy coal loader is at the left, pouring coal into one of the boat’s cargo holds while the boat’s self unloader, usually sitting on the deck, is swung out over the St. Louis River to be out of the way of the loader.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-15-2006

Who wins?

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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, perhaps not as fast as usual. It would follow the three thousand footers. From the point of view of the crews, the Oglebay Norton wins hands down. The McCarthy crew spent Saturday night pushing a full load of coal across Lake Superior. The crew on the Algolake (above) could kill some time on their Saturday night, but only within the confines of their 730 foot vessel. The crew on the Columbia Star spent Saturday night loading coal. But the Oglebay Norton crew, … you might have found some of them over at the Home show, or more likely, at the Casino. Their only problem, after a long evening of gambling, or whatever, they came back to work around midnight. Maybe the Algolake crew wins. They could sleep and rest and kill time. Note: there are always crew members on duty on a Great Lakes vessel; not all could engage in the above pursuits.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/9/2006

Oglebay Norton ice

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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. It is a losing battle to try to clear it since the boat spends much of its time in the icy waters of Lake Superior. This is the unavoidable result when the boat is sailing into the wind on Lake Superior. But work goes on. At left, you can see the Midwest Energy Resources ship loader getting ready to pour coal into the boat’s cargo holds. For that reason, the boat’s self unloader, center, has been raised up to make way for the ship loader.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-22-2005

Oglebay Norton takes Santa for a ride

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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 had a long white beard. We now have a clue where Santa gets his lumps of coal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-16-2005

Oglebay Norton to load coal for St Clair

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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 sulfur western coal, today, for Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-31-2005

Oglebay Norton visits again

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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 this season. It will return on the 18th of this month, again to load coal for Detroit Edison. Above, it is greeted by visitors on July 29th this past summer.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-12-2005

Oglebay Norton under the bridge

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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.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-23-2005

Oglebay Norton with Canal Park visitors

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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 to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-07-2005

Oglebay Norton loads coal

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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 right) to make room for the coal loader.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-04-2005

Oglebay Norton will load coal

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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, Michigan. Above, the boat’s self-unloader (right) is moved out over the St. Louis River while the ship loader (left) at Midwest Energy Resources is loading coal into the boat’s holds.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-28-2004

Oglebay Norton at Midwest Energy

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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