American Integrity
IMO 7514696

St. Marys River.
(Jeff Barber)


This Great Lakes self unloading bulk carrier was built in two sections as hull #717 by Bay Shipbuilding and Dry Dock co., Sturgeon Bay, WI. The keel for the 660' bow section was laid on October 6, 1976 and was launched April 28, 1977. The completed "super carrier" was launched June 6, 1978 as the Lewis Wilson Foy for her new owners Bethlehem Steel Corp., Great Lakes Steamship Division, Cleveland, OH. Of note, the vessel was originally slated to be named Burns Harbor but was changed before/during construction.

The vessel is powered by 4 GM Electro-Motive Division 20-645-E7 V-20 cylinder two stroke cycle, single acting 3,600 b.h.p diesel engines burning marine diesel oil. The power is fed through Falk single reduction gears to 2 controllable pitch propellers giving the vessel a service speed of 18.4 m.p.h. She is equipped with both bow and stern thrusters. The vessel's 37 hatches feed into 7 holds where she is capable of carrying 78,850 tons at her mid summer draft of 34' 00". Her self unloading system feeds a stern mounted 250' discharge boom that can be swung 92 degrees to port or starboard and unload at a rate of up to 8,930 tons (10,000 net tons) per hour.

The Lewis Wilson Foy departed Sturgeon Bay June 8, 1978 on her maiden voyage in ballast to Superior, WI where 57,952 tons of iron ore pellets were loaded on board destined for Burns Harbor, IN. The taconite pellet trade from Lake Superior ports to Bethlehem Steel's lower Lake Michigan facilities were the focus of the vessel's activities in her early years. The vessel sustained some hull damage after hitting an underwater obstruction in June, 1979. On September 15, 1981; the Lewis Wilson Foy was in collision with Algoma's E. B. Barber receiving three holes in her side. Then, on July 6, 1982; the vessel struck the breakwall and grounded at Taconite Harbor, MN. The bulk carrier had three flooded tanks and was listing; sustaining $2.5 million in damages to her propellers, shafts, rudders, and hull plates. She arrived at Sturgeon Bay on July 12, 1982 for repairs. The Lewis Wilson Foy loaded a record 69,701 tons of ore at Escanaba, MI for Inland Steel at Indiana Harbor. This record was followed up with a Great Lakes record of 72,351 tons of ore loaded at Escanaba on November 26, 1986 also bound for Indiana Harbor. This record was possible partially due to the record high water levels on the Great Lakes that season.

On July 16, 1990; Bethlehem Steel entered into an agreement to sell the bulk carrier to Columbia Transportation Division, Oglebay Norton Co., Cleveland, OH with the deal being finalized in December of that year. The vessel was officially renamed Oglebay Norton at a board of directors meeting on February 28, 1991 and began sailing under her new banner at the beginning of the 1991 season. The Oglebay Norton became the 2nd "super carrier" sailing in the Columbia fleet; the other vessel being the Columbia Star. The new member of the fleet was named to honor the Oglebay Norton Company. With the phasing out of the Columbia Transportation Division in 1994, the vessel came under the direct ownership of Oglebay Norton Co. with a resulting change in the paint scheme of her stacks (the 5-pointed star with the "C" replaced with a 4-pointed star with "ON") and a new corporate logo appearing below her name on her bow.

A reflection of different cargoes now being carried, the Oglebay Norton set a limestone record in 1992 when she loaded 52,749 tons of the product. On April 26, 1998; the Oglebay Norton blew hydraulic lines while downbound in the St. Marys River system affecting the steering of the vessel. After a soft grounding and repairs, she was able to proceed with no further damage. Then, on August 24, 1999; a port steering pump failure resulted in the Oglebay Norton mooring at the St. Clair (Edison) power plant on the St. Clair River for repairs. The vessel was upbound in ballast on the St. Clair River when the incident occurred. The end of August, 2000 saw the retirement of her Master, Capt. Constantine (Gus) Markakis after sailing for Oglebay Norton for 28 years.

The Oglebay Norton is now owned by Oglebay Norton Marine Services Co., LLC; a division of Oglebay Norton Co. In January of 2002, Oglebay Norton Marine and American Steamship Co. pooled their fleet operations under the United Shipping Alliance, LLC name with both partner companies retaining ownership of their individual assets. The Oglebay Norton's trade routes are now focused on western coal from Lake Superior ports to power plants at Monroe and St. Clair, MI; supplemented with loads of taconite pellets.

On June 6, 2006 in a joint announcement made with American Steamship Co. of Williamsville, NY, Oglebay Norton Co. announced the sale of the Oglebay Norton and five of her fleetmates to American Steamship Co. (ASC) for $120 million. With the sale came a new name: American Integrity. The other vessels going to ASC were the Armco, Columbia Star, Courtney Burton, Fred R. White Jr. and Middletown.


Written by Brian Ferguson.



Ship Particulars
Length 1000' 00" (304.8m)
Beam 105' 00" (32.0m)
Depth 56' 00" (17.07m)
Midsummer Draft 34' 00" (10.36m)
Unloading Boom Length 250' (76.2m)
Capacity 80,900 tons
Engine Power 14,400 bhp diesel
Previous Names
Burns Harbor under construction
Lewis Wilson Foy 1978 - 1991
Oglebay Norton 1991 - 2006
American Integrity 2006 - Today

 


Lewis Wilson Foy 1978 - 1991
(Bethlehem Steel Corp.)

Upbound under the Blue Water Bridge, Aug. 30, 1986.
(Marc Dease)

While upbound at Port Huron the Foy had to take evasive action to avoid pleasure craft in the shipping channel just below the Blue Water Bridge, Oct. 29, 1989.
(Ray Bawal)

Contact with the pleasure craft and wall were avoided.
(Ray Bawal)

Times Herald artical about the incident.
(Ray Bawal)

Downbound in the St. Marys River.
(Jim Hoffman)

Another view.
(Jim Hoffman)

Very rare trip of a 1,000 footer to the Fraser Shipyards in Superior. The Lewis Wilson Foy had very little clearance under the Blatnik Bridge.
(Glenn Blaszkiewicz)

     
Oglebay Norton 1991 - 1994
(Columbia Transportation Division)

Name change.
(Jim Hoffman)

"Oglebay Norton" painted on.
(Jim Hoffman)

     
Oglebay Norton 1994 - 2006
(Oglebay Norton Marine)

Winter view in Toledo, 2000.
(Jim Hoffman)

A trip from St. Clair to Superior and back, August 2000.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Another Duluth view, Aug. 20, 2000.
(Al Miller)

Retired Capt. Constantine (Gus) Markakis on one of his final trips through the Soo, Aug. 21, 2000.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Winter lay-up, Feb. 2001.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Lake Erie, March 22, 2001.
(Don Coles)

Aerial view, April 18, 2001.
(Don Coles)

Panoramic on deck in Duluth, Sept. 23, 2001.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Capt. Pat Nelson in the pilothouse.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Departing Duluth, Sept. 23, 2001.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Close up.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Stern view departing Duluth.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Bow close up, June 30, 2002.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Stern.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Below the Soo Locks, Aug. 19, 2002.
(Lee Rowe)

Arriving Duluth, May 17, 2004.
(Lee Rowe)

Departing Zug Island upbound, Sept. 9, 2004.
(Mike Nicholls)

Stern view.
(Mike Nicholls)

Stern on view.
(Mike Nicholls)

 
American Integrity 2006 - Today
(American Steamship Co.)

Looking down through the bow thruster access hatch, March 5, 2007.
(Marc Vander Meulen)

A view of the controllable pitch blades.
(Marc Vander Meulen)

Looking up the stair well to the main deck.
(Marc Vander Meulen)

Stern view & Paul R. Tregurtha, June 14, 2006.

Downbound at Mission Pt. with the cabins partially painted white, July 6, 2007.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner)

Passing through Rock Cut, July 6, 2007.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner)

Downbound above the Blue Water Bridge, Sept. 17, 2007.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner)

Downbound at Mission Pt., June 26, 2010.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner)

Walter J. McCarthy Jr., American Integrity and American Century laid up in Sturgeon Bay, Aug. 8, 2011.
(Dick Lund)

Close up of the bows.
(Dick Lund)

Bow on view below the Blue Water Bridge, June 6, 2012.
(Matt Miner)

Wider view.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner)

Tied up at Zug Island, Aug. 4, 2012.
(Matt Miner)

Unloading ore at Zug Island.
(Matt Miner)

Longer view.
(Matt Miner)

Downbound below the Rock Cut, Aug. 10, 2013.
(Roger LeLievre)

Close up of the stern with mega-yacht Constellation following.
(Roger LeLievre)

Waiting to lock through at the Soo on the West Pier, June 3, 2016.
(Gordy Garris)

Federal Yukon passing by.
(Gordy Garris)

 
 

 


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