Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Number One Appears

Saturday was a pretty busy day for me.  There was a pretty good pace to the appearance of ships that day.
 It's funny, when you think of lakes, you don't think that they could support something as massive as a 1,000 footer.  Typically, you think of something that you putter around in your fishing boat.  Maybe sometimes you might go around in a lake the size of Higgins Lake but still you couldn't fit a 1,000 footer in there either.
 But that's why they are called the Great Lakes.  It's pretty amazing to think that they hold about 21% of the world's fresh water and I think that number is even larger when you include all the lakes that are in the Great Lakes region.
 The Great Lakes contain over 5,000 cubic miles of water which is the equivalent 147 billion cubic feet of water or 1 trillion gallons of water.  That's a lot of water.
 The Stewart J. Cort wears #1 on her deckhouse because she is the first 1000 footer to appear on the Lakes.  Parts of her were built in the south and they came up here.  She was lengthened and widened when she arrived on the Lakes.
A shot of her pilothouse.  If you look closely, you can see her Captain waving to the crowd that was assembled at Mission Point.
 A shot of her front.
I was happy to see her because she is one that I never see unless I'm up at the Soo.  She exclusively goes between Superior, WI and one of the ore docks in Indiana.  I would love to see her on the Detroit River someday but I don't think that's going to happen.

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