Have a few vids of lake boats. Hope you enjoy them.
Built by American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, OH in 1949 for Inland Steel Co., the streamlined bulk freighter Wilfred Sykes was the first new American-built Great Lakes vessel constructed after World War II. At the time of her launch, she was the largest vessel on the Great Lakes. The Sykes is powered by 2 steam turbine engines producing a combined 7,000 horsepower driving an 18 1/2 foot diameter four-blade propeller giving her a speed of up to 16 mph. Being the first steamship built to burn "bunker C" heavy oil for fuel instead of coal, her fuel tanks can hold 165,000 gallons giving her a cruising range of 4,500 miles. She is also equipped with a bow thruster.
Inland Steel has had the Sykes' activity focused on the Lake Michigan taconite, stone, and coal trades. Inland Steel was acquired by Ispat International of the Netherlands in 1998. Ispat, in turn, sold the 3 Inland Steel lakers to the newly formed Central Marine Logistics, Highland, IN. The 3 vessels were the Wilfred Sykes, Joseph L. Block, and the Edward L. Ryerson. This move was to comply with the Jones Act which dictates that vessels moving cargoes between U.S. ports be U.S. owned, operated, crewed, and built. After the change in ownership, the Wilfred Sykes' activity has continued to be focused on the Lake Michigan taconite trade into Indiana Harbor.
The year 1999 marked "50 yrs of Smooth Sailing" for the Wilfred Sykes. This lake boat is a true classic steamer of the post World War II era. May her future years on the Lakes be as profitable and productive as her previous fifty
Wilfred Sykes in Lake Michigan Gale
Louis R Desmarais
Charles Wilson in gale on Lake Superior 12/29/1993
Working on the great lakes...........
bc9930 (January 25th, 2013)
bc9930 (January 24th, 2013)
Hulett Ore Unloaders
Hulett Ore unloaders at the C&P Dock in Cleveland, video from 1989 and 1992. These were the last of their breed to operate, replaced by self-unloading vessels with conveyor systems.
coldduck (February 1st, 2013)
If the Old Man had to hammer free that ice himself ... I am pretty sure that the next time he would not let her vessel icing like that. What a mess ...
A foreign captain react whereas a local pilot anticipate.