Great Lakes ships transported iron ore, coal grain in all weather conditions. For anyone who says " they are just big lakes, how bad can they get?", it can get real ugly.....

Great Lakes ships transported iron ore, coal grain in all weather conditions. For anyone who says " they are just big lakes, how bad can they get?", it can get real ugly.....

The L. C. Smith ashore on Lake Superior after trying to enter Two Harbors, Minnesota in heavy fog on 9 July 1910.

The L. C. Smith ashore on Lake Superior after trying to enter Two Harbors, Minnesota in heavy fog on 9 July 1910.

The Herbert C. Jackson near Whitefish Bay, Michigan in Lake Superior - April 7, 2015. Look at that snow-covered ice! - Interlake Steamship Company

The Herbert C. Jackson near Whitefish Bay, Michigan in Lake Superior - April 7, 2015. Look at that snow-covered ice! - Interlake Steamship Company

The barge-tug combo Great Lakes Trader-Joyce L. VanEnkevort arrived in Duluth on Tuesday morning to pick up a load of taconite.It already was carrying a cargo of ice.Below-zero temperatures and westerly winds led to freezing spray on Lake Superior and left the vessel coated in ice as it passed through...

The barge-tug combo Great Lakes Trader-Joyce L. VanEnkevort arrived in Duluth on Tuesday morning to pick up a load of taconite.It already was carrying a cargo of ice.Below-zero temperatures and westerly winds led to freezing spray on Lake Superior and left the vessel coated in ice as it passed through...

On the Water - Inland Waterways, 1820-1940: Great Lakes, Mighty Rivers

On the Water - Inland Waterways, 1820-1940: Great Lakes, Mighty Rivers

Sometimes, Mother Nature Wins. Slow start for Great Lakes freighters.

Sometimes, Mother Nature Wins

Sometimes, Mother Nature Wins. Slow start for Great Lakes freighters.

In August 2006 the Roger Bough lost its rudder in the lower St. Marys River and anchored near Lime Island. Fleet mate Edgar B. Speer arrived on scene three days later and the Blough was lashed alongside the Speer for tow to Gary Indiana,

In August 2006 the Roger Bough lost its rudder in the lower St. Marys River and anchored near Lime Island. Fleet mate Edgar B. Speer arrived on scene three days later and the Blough was lashed alongside the Speer for tow to Gary Indiana,

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