Nov 272019
 

When I was in high school in Toledo, Ohio, the father of one of my friends was a seaman working on freighters plying the Great Lakes. A couple of times when he was in port my buddy and I went down to the ship, a massive freighter, and he gave us a tour. I can […]

He Never Smiled Again

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 082019
 

Note: This story is from my book Highway History And Back Road Mystery. There are many interesting tales of tragedy and heroism associated with Great Lakes shipwrecks, and one we found intriguing was that of the steamship Independence and one of her crewmen, Amos Stiles, the man who never smiled again. The Independence was built […]

Nov 082018
 

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan has many interesting attractions, among them the Museum Ship Valley Camp, a retired Great Lakes freighter that is now a museum to the history of the shipping industry on the lakes. Built in 1917, the 550 foot long ship was launched in Lorain, Ohio as the Louis W. Hill. In reporting […]

Jul 302011
 

Yesterday was a day for big ships and high towers. We spent part of the morning watching the big freighters heading toward the Soo Locks or coming down from them. I could spend a week just sitting in a lawn chair watching those big boys go by! Sault Ste Marie has several interesting attractions, among […]