Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

featuring Walter Beasley's "I Feel You"
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee has been a Great Lakes port since 1835, and its port has been important through the city’s long history as an industrial powerhouse. Over the past decade, Milwaukee has created a more postindustrial economy, but the Port of Milwaukee … Continue reading


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Algorail at Port of Milwaukee

featuring Peter White's "Moonlight Montreal"
Algorail at Port of Milwaukee

The self-unloading freighter Algorail has served the Algoma Central Corporation on the Great Lakes since its construction in 1968, and is managed by its partner, Seaway Marine Transport. This is the second vessel to bear the Algorail name. The first, … Continue reading


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Old Mackinac Point Light

featuring Amy Lauren's "The Lost Lullaby"
Old Mackinac Point Light

During the 19th century, booming settlements around the Great Lakes effected a great increase in Great Lakes shipping. Increased ship traffic created the need for a lighthouse to guide ships through the Straits of Mackinac, connecting Lake Michigan and Lake … Continue reading


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James R. Barker

featuring Jacob Deon's "The Piano Song"
James R. Barker

The Great Lakes freighter James R. Barker was built in 1976 for the Interlake Steampship Company. One of the first thousand-footers on the Lakes (the first being the Stewart J. Cort), the James R. Barker is named for the President … Continue reading


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Cleveland, Ohio

featuring Herbie Russ' "Harlem Nocturne"
Cleveland's William G. Mather Maritime Museum

Cleveland, Ohio has made great strides in reinventing itself. Historically an industrial city known for its steel industry, Cleveland now boasts a vibrant cultural scene, service industries, and tourist attractions. Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor on Lake Erie unites the new … Continue reading


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Chicago at Night

featuring Paul Hardcastle's "Desire"
Chicago (harbor skyline at night)

The skyline of Chicago is one of the most distinctive in the world and it’s especially beautiful when seen from the city’s Northerly Island peninsula. This vantage point provides an unbroken panorama of the cityscape. As always, the John Hancock … Continue reading


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Split Rock Lighthouse

featuring Ken Navarro's "Compassion"
Split Rock Lighthouse, Minnesota

Built in 1910, Split Rock Lighthouse is one of the most distinctive features on the Minnesota coast. Sitting atop a 602-foot cliff, the light can be seen for 22 miles and aided Lake Superior ships until it was decommissioned in … Continue reading


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Tahquamenon Falls

featuring Andrew Ironside's "To Be With You"
Tahquamenon Falls

Tahquamenon Falls is one of the most famous landmarks in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The upper falls shown in this video move an average of 7,000 gallons of water a second, and up to 50,000 at peak springtime flow. Against the … Continue reading


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Stewart J. Cort

featuring Mark Love's "Angel of Mine"
Stewart J. Cort frieghter

Built in 1973, the Stewart J. Cort has the distinction of being the first 1000-foot freighter on the Great Lakes. It was named after the late vice president of Bethlehem Steel, the company it has served continuously while operating under … Continue reading


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Crisp Point Lighthouse

featuring Geoff Bowman's "Manhattan"
Crisp Point Lighthouse

Crisp Point Light Station, in Paradise, Michigan, was first lit in 1904 and served Lake Superior ships until it was decommissioned in 1993. The light tower perfectly complements a pristine beach and dark blue water, but the strong waves of … Continue reading


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