USS Constitution

U.S.S. Constitution

featuring Simon Wahl's "Leonie"
USS Constitution

Few ships have as much prestige and history behind them as the U.S.S. Constitution, one of the U.S. Navy’s original six frigates, built in 1797. The Constitution was even named by George Washington himself! The U.S.S. Constitution is notable for … Continue reading


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Lee A. Tregurtha on Detroit River

featuring Chris Standring's "Regarding Tetchwick"
Lee A. Tregurtha

In addition to their loads, many Great Lakes freighters carry with them a small part of history, but few have as much history behind them as the ship now known as the Lee A. Tregurtha. Originally planned as the oil … Continue reading


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Alpena on St. Marys River

featuring Peter White's "Crazy Feeling"
Alpena on St. Marys River

The Great Lakes freighter Alpena was launched as the Leon Fraser in 1942, carrying iron ore across the Great Lakes. In 1989, the ship was converted to a self-unloading cement carrier and shortly afterward was renamed the Alpena, after the … Continue reading


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Duluth Canal Lighthouses at Sunrise

featuring Acoustic Alchemy's "Something She Said"
Duluth Lighthouses Sunrise

The Duluth-Superior Harbor on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin is the busiest bulk cargo port on the Great Lakes. But, in the early hours of the day, the waterfront becomes a therapeutic escape from the frantic activity of the … Continue reading


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CSL Niagara (Upbound at Port Colborne)

featuring Chris Botti's "When Rain Falls"
CSL Niagara on Welland Canal

Port Colborne, on the southern coast of Ontario, has been greatly effected by the Welland Canal, which runs through downtown on its way to joining Lakes Ontario and Erie. Since 1833, the passage of vessels here has created a community … Continue reading


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Michipicoten at Soo Locks

featuring Chuck Loeb's "Sierra Nevada"
Michipicoten at Soo Locks

The Great Lakes freighter Michipicoten, formerly known as the Elton Hoyt 2nd, was built in 1952 and renamed once it joined the Lower Lakes Towing Company, which names its vessels after local rivers. In November 2010, it was converted to … Continue reading


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Port of Los Angeles

featuring Andy Snitzer's "Love Song"
Port of Los Angeles

The port of Los Angeles began as a small port used by Spanish traders. Over the centuries, it has developed into what is now the largest shipping port in the United States. This eScapes video features an APL shipping vessel … Continue reading


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Arthur M. Anderson (Duluth-Superior Harbor)

featuring Bahman Anvari's "Monir"
Arthur M. Anderson

The steamship Arthur M. Anderson was built in Lorain, Ohio in 1952, alongside the Philip R. Clarke and Cason J. Callaway freighters. The Arthur M. Anderson has a unique place in Great Lakes shipping history: it is the last ship … 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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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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