The Stewart J. Cort is another ship that I caught during the cruise. It seems like I end up catching her everytime I pay a visit to the Soo. Which is just as well, since she normally takes a route that wouldn't take her past my next of the woods.
The Stewart J. Cort has the distinction of being the first 1000 footer. She is the only 1000 footer that has the classic laker configuration. I believe she is also the only 1000 footer that has the distinction of being outside of the Lakes.
Her deckhouse and pilothouse were built in Mississippi. She was also narrower than she is now so that she could fit through the Welland Canal. She was lengthened and widened in Erie, Pennsylvania.
She has a shuttle ore delivery system that is similar to the one on the Blough and Speer.
A shot of her rear.
A shot of her with the tugboat parade passing by.
Looking up at her pilothouse.
Her pilothouse from another angle.
She finally got to start moving into the Poe Lock. Sadly, I was shooting right into the sun.
It's amazing to watch these ships maneuver into the locks, especially when you consider they have little room for error.
Another shot of her pilothouse.
She patiently waits for the water in the Lock to lower so that she can continue on her way to Lake Huron and then Lake Michigan and ultimately to her destination in Indiana.
She's finally free of the Locks and making her way through the St. Marys River. Here she is being approached by the Ojibway supply ship.