The Str. American Valor was originally named Armco, for what was formerly called Armco Steel Corporation. The vessel came under the ownership of American Steamship Company in 2006.
The Str. American Valor was built in 1953 by the American Ship Building Company at Lorain, OH and launched as a bulk freighter. It was lengthened 120’ at Fraser Shipyards, Inc., Superior, WI, in 1974 and in 1982 it was converted to a self-unloader at Bay Shipbuilding Corporation, Sturgeon Bay, WI. The Str. American Valor made its maiden voyage in ballast from Lorain, OH in June 1953 to Superior, WI to load a cargo of iron ore.
The Str. American Valor is powered by Westinghouse Steam Turbines and Foster Weber Boilers. The ship is equipped with a bow thruster. The vessel uses a conveyor system below its cargo holds to transport cargo to a "loop" conveyor system that elevates the cargo to the deck-mounted boom conveyor.
The Str. American Valor is used in general trades, transporting iron ore pellets, coal, limestone, and grain.
|Midsummer Draft (MS)||26'-11 3/4"|
|Deadweight Capacity at MS Draft||26,200 Gross Tons|
|Deadweight Capacity at 27'-6"||26,200 Gross Tons|
|Unloading Boom Conveyor Length||250'|
|Maximum Unloading Rate||6,000 Tons/Hour|
|Number of Cargo Holds||5|
|Number of Hatches||23|
|Number of Propellers||1|