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 finally leaves

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Two vessels that have been waiting to move will finally be sailing today. The Reserve came in for winter layup on Janaury 12th. In early March, it was sold by Oglebay Norton to K&K Warehousing, Inc. of Menominee, Michigan for $4 million. It should depart Duluth sometime today for Silver Bay. The Olympic Mentor has been at anchor for the past weekend but should be in early this morning to begin loading spring wheat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/24/2006