Indiana Harbor
IMO 7514701

Downbound at Detroit, July 15, 2017.
(Matt Miner)


Built by Bay Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI, this twin-screw self-unloading bulk carrier was launched March 19, 1979 as the Indiana Harbor for American Steamship Co., Buffalo, NY. She is powered by four GM V-20-cylinder 3,500 horsepower diesel engines giving her a rated service speed of 14 knots. She is equipped with bow and stern thrusters. The Indiana Harbor's 37 hatches feed into seven holds where she is capable of carrying 78,850 tons at her maximum mid-summer draft of 34 feet. Her stern-mounted self-unloading equipment feeds a 250-foot-long discharge boom that can be swung 92 degrees to port or starboard.

Indiana Harbor was the ninth 1000 footer built for Great Lakes service. She was the eighth of 10 vessels launched for the American Steamship Co. under Title XI of the Merchant Marine Act of 1970. Under this Act, U.S. shipping companies could modernize their fleets or build new vessels with guaranteed government financing and tax deferred benefits. She became the first U.S. flagged vessel on the Great Lakes to have a satellite communication system installed, the installation taking place Nov. 28, 1983.

Indiana Harbor is currently an active carrier in the American Steamship Co. fleet principally in the iron ore trade from Lake Superior ports to destination ports in lower Lake Michigan. She has the distinction of carrying the largest single passage cargo through the Soo Locks in 1998: 69528 net tons of iron ore.


Written by George Wharton.



Ship Particulars
Length 1000' 00" (304.8m)
Beam 105' 00" (32.0m)
Depth 56' 00" (17.07m)
Midsummer Draft 34' 01" (10.39m)
Unloading Boom Length 250' (76.2m)
Capacity 89,900 tons
Engine Power 14,000 bhp diesel

 


Indiana Harbor 1979 - Today
(American Steamship Co.)

The Lackawanna Bethlehem Steel plant under demolition with the Indiana Harbor laid up in the Lackawanna Canal. Winter 1992.
(Brian Wroblewski)

Newspaper article on the Neebish Island grounding, Jan. 6, 1996.
(Roger LeLievre)

Thanksgiving crew list, Nov. 28, 1996.
(Roger LeLievre)

Thanksgiving menu.
(Roger LeLievre)

Loading at DM&IR, Aug. 2, 2000.
(Dan Nied)

Close up.
(Dan Nied)

Below Algonac on the St. Clair River, April 4, 2001.
(Don Coles)

Approaching Duluth, July 21, 2001.
(Rob Farrow)

Unloaded on the Detroit River, Aug. 4, 2001.
(Mike Nicholls)

In the St. Clair River Cut Off, Aug. 25, 2001.
(Don Coles)

Stern view.
(Don Coles)

Unloading at Zug Island, Sept. 3, 2001.
(Mike Nicholls)

Stern view.
(Mike Nicholls)

First downbound through the Soo for the 08 season, March 26, 2008.
(Gordon A. Williams)

First downbound through the Soo for the 08 season, March 26, 2008.
(Herm Klein)

Completing the turn at Buoys 1 & 2 and heading up Lake Huron, July 25, 2008.
(Roger LeLievre)

Passing throught the Rock Cut covered in ice Dec. 20, 2008.
(Daniel Hecko)

The bow watch has it made in the shade, Sept. 4, 2009.
(Roger LeLievre)

Fueling by truck at the Carbide Dock in the Soo, Nov. 1, 2010.
(Roger LeLievre)

Unloading at Burns Harbor, Oct. 23, 2011.
(Tom Kort)

Close up of the bow.
(Tom Kort)

Boom dumping ore into the hopper.
(Tom Kort)

Taking on fuel by truck.
(Tom Kort)

Entering Duluth Piers, Oct. 14, 2012.
(Nick Stenstrup)

Passing under the Aerial Lift bridge.
(Nick Stenstrup)

At the ore dock preparing to load.
(Nick Stenstrup)

Downbound approaching the Soo Locks, Dec. 12, 2013.
(David Kaye)

Tied up at the Donjon Shipyard, May 13, 2017.
(Brian Wroblewski)

Bow on view.
(Brian Wroblewski)

Downbound at Detroit, July 15, 2017.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner)

       

 


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