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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Hpilotman, Jul 25, 2021.
Paul R. Tregurtha
Just as long as nobody writes a song about it…
1,013 1/2'. So, she can't go through the Sault locks?
Sadly, freighters are a rare sight off the shores of Chicago. Usually spot 1-2 steaming out of Indiana.
The POE Lock at the SOO is 1200 Feet long.
Just saw the PRT ship go thru the Soo Locks Recently. Youtube Live Cam.
During WWII my father served in the Navy radar school there. He'd take his lunch and go down to the end of the pier and watch flight ops on the Sable and Wolverine, the two side-wheel paddle wheel aircraft carriers that plied the waters off Chicago. Their job was to train naval aviators to land and take off on aircraft carriers. They were converted civilian cruise ships. They had no hangar deck, which allowed their flight deck to be very near the water. That gave those crews that either overshot or didn't make the landing the best chance of surviving. My dad watched many of the planes that are now being discovered in the water go in
All that to say, those two ships were possibly the rarest, oddest sight in the history of Lake Michigan.
As the big freighters go, it was bigger than most ...
Don’t do it. Songs can sink ships.
I watched it go through the locks at night.crazy big.
Thanks for posting that
Old buddy Of mine just retired as a pilot up there. He would take all the ships through.
That is one big boat
I thought the locks could only go up to 930'. Is that outdated information or am I just totally wrong?
I was under the impression that the Edmund Fitzgerald was built at 929' to allow her to pass through the locks.
SOO Locks. Yes, sorry. My mistake.
You don't have to be sorry. I only recently know the updated information because for the last 30 days I turn on the Real Time Cam daily at the Soo Locks on Youtube and watch it instead of regular TV.
This peaked my interest so I started research on the big ships and the SOO Locks. Lots of interesting info and the ships get to use the Locks for free because they are operated by the U.S Army Corp of Engineers.
Clear Skies and Smooth Water to You.
It's fun to see that ship but all the 1000 footers look similar. Up close you can hear engine differences. If horns count, the James R Barker has them all beat.
I was gonna take my T booster vitamins today but after watching this, I think I'll skip em Nothing short of WOW! Hats off to the folks who sail these mighty vessels!
Yep I like the James R Barker too. Both ships are owned by the same company.
Isn't the Barker the one that has the famous horns?
That was very interesting! Now I am going to play my Dreadnought.
I watched this documentary a while back and it was really interesting. I live in the Metro Detroit area and have seen the freighters all my life.