Robert S. Pierson enters under the Aerial Lift Bridge

The Canadian flagged Robert S. Pierson came under the Lift Bridge on Friday afternoon to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth (above). It is the 7th visit the boat has made to the Twin Ports this season, but the first time it has entered by way of the Duluth entry. The other trips were loading iron ore pellets at the BNSF Dock in Superior. It was formerly owned by Oglebay Norton as the US flagged Wolverine, and like all the Oglebay Norton fleet, was sold to other companies. Two sister boats, the Oglebay Norton’s William R. Roesch and Paul Thayer are now the Calumet and Manitowoc. Photo taken on August 22, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-23-2008


Built in 1974, the Wolverine is owned by Oglebay Norton of Cleveland, Ohio. It was named after the small North American mammal and mascot of the State of Michigan, the source and destination of many Oglebay Norton cargoes. Photo taken June 20, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-19-2005

Wolverine approaching Aerial Lift Bridge

The Wolverine arrived Duluth yesterday (above) for the first time since January 2nd, 1998. It brought in a cargo of stone and has probably already departed Duluth. The Wolverine is a ‘river boat,’ usually found taking taconite up the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland to the ISG steel plant. At 630 feet long, it is short but very maneuverable.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-21-2005