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Sam Laud leaving for Silver Bay

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The Sam Laud departed Duluth on Saturday afternoon, November 26, 2011, after discharging limestone. She is going up to Silver Bay to load iron ore pellets.
Listen to her whistle as she approached the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge:

River boat comes to Duluth

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The Sam Laud was expected last night with limestone. It will next go to Silver Bay to load taconite for the Cleveland Bulk Terminal at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River and then Mittal Steel which is upriver. The Laud is a river boat. At 635 feet long, it is able to negotiate the turns in the river, a feat that larger boats cannot accomplish. They drop their taconite at the Bulk Terminal and river boats such as the Laud pick it up there and take it up the river to the steel plant. Why would the smaller Laud be loading taconite at Silver Bay? Mittal Steel wants a portion of the taconite they purchase at Silver Bay to be dropped only one time. Since the cargo is dropped at the steel plant, the requirement is not met by loading taconite at the bulk terminal since the taconite there has already been dropped once. So river boats such as the Laud periodically take the trip all the way up to Lake Superior to load taconite. The depth of the Cuyahoga will not allow for a fully loaded boat such as the Laud so some of the Silver Bay load is discharged at the Bulk Terminal and the rest is then taken up the river to the Mittal steel plant and dropped there for the first time.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-11-2008

Sam Laud one of the “river boats”

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Three boats that can often be found on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland are up on Lake Superior this week. They are smaller boats, 634 feet long, that move a lot of taconite up the river to Mittal Steel that some of the larger boats bring down to the mouth of the river at Cleveland. Once in a while, the river boats get a chance to visit us on Lake Superior. The Sam Laud, seen above while here in November, was expected in last night to load taconite at the Burlington Northern in Superior. The American Republic will be in Silver Bay today, the Buffalo was there on Monday. At least two of them will take their taconite to Cleveland. Photo taken on November 08,2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-18-2007

Sam Laud arrives Duluth ship canal

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The Sam Laud loaded limestone in Inland, Michigan and will be here today to discharge it before going to Silver Bay to load taconite pellets for the Cleveland Bulk Terminal. It will likely discharge some of the pellets there before taking the 3 hour trip up the Cuyahoga River to the Mittal Steel mill to discharge the rest. It will then load limestone, this time in Calcite, Michigan, but will stay in the lower lakes to drop that cargo at Conneaut. It was last here in 2006, and before that twice in 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-08-2007

Sam Laud in the Twin Ports harbor

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The Sam Laud came in last night (above) with limestone loaded at Port Dolomite, Michigan. It is one of the ‘river’ boats that spends much of its time moving taconite up the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. It also works the stone trade between a variety of lower lakes ports and only very occasionally gets a chance to come up to Lake Superior. It will cover the whole route on this trip, leaving here this morning to load taconite at Silver Bay and taking some of it first to the Cleveland Bulk Terminal at the mouth of the Cuyahoga, and then going up the river with the rest of the cargo for discharge at the ISG Steel plant.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-24-2006

Sam Laud infrequent visitor

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The Sam Laud, expected here today to discharge limestone, has only been here 3 other times since 1996, two of those times, as today, in December. It only made its first trip to Lake Superior for this season earlier this month when it loaded taconite in Silver Bay. Today, it brings limestone from Calcite, Michigan. After discharging that cargo, it will go to Silver Bay for more taconite for Cleveland.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-19-2005