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Indiana Harbor departs Duluth.

Gordon A. Williams

Great Lakes Fleet Page Vessel Feature - Indiana Harbor

By George Wharton

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 the American Steamship Co., Buffalo, NY. She is powered by 4 GM V-20 cylinder 3500 horsepower diesel engines giving her a rated service speed of 14 knots. She is equipped with both bow and stern thrusters. The Indiana Harbor's 37 hatches feed into 7 holds where she is capable of carrying 78850 tons at her maximum mid-summer draft of 34 feet. Her stern-mounted self unloading equipment feeds a 250 foot discharge boom that can be swung 92 degrees to port or starboard.

The Indiana Harbor was the ninth 1000 footer built for Great Lakes service. She was the eighth of ten 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.

The 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.

A great example of a modern lake boat; boatwatchers can look forward to observing the Indiana Harbor plying the Great Lakes for many seasons to come.

Overall dimensions
Length 1000'00"
Beam 105'00"
Depth 56'00"
Capacity (tons) 78,850

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