James R. Barker joins winter fleet in Sturgeon Bay

January 14, 2019 - Fox 11 News

STURGEON BAY (WLUK) -- One of the biggest ships on the Great Lakes is getting some seasonal maintenance. The James R. Barker is part of the Winter Fleet gathering in Sturgeon Bay, and the arrival is turning into a tourist attraction for the area as well. With an escort from the 100-foot long tug William C. Gaynor, the 1000-foot long James R. Barker is hard to miss. A small crowd gathered Monday morning in Sturgeon Bay at a place called bullhead point to take it all in.
Great Lakes freighter crews share favorite photos, videos

January 1, 2019 -

There's no denying our Great Lakes Region is full of freighter fans. Whether it's a 1,000-footer heading into Michigan's Soo Locks or a sleek tugboat lending a hand to one of its bulkier siblings, people across our area love to watch these big boats ply our inland seas. Social media has made sharing these experiences so much more fun. And one Great Lakes fleet - the Interlake Steamship Company - has upped its game in recent years, sharing fantastic pictures, drone video and time-lapse clips from its crews and fans alike. As a year-end treat, the Ohio-based shipping company put together some of its most popular images from 2018 - a bit of a maritime calendar send-off. With Interlake's permission, we are sharing them with our readers.
Marine industry expects worker shortage. So what are the jobs like?

December 11, 2018 -

CLEVELAND, Ohio – You can hop on a freighter and see the Great Lakes, work two months straight and then have a month off. “People can walk on to our boats with a high school degree and make $60,000 to $70,000 a year,” said Interlake Steamship spokeswoman Chrissy Kadleck.
Dramatic photo of Lake Michigan lightning bolt goes viral

August 29, 2018 - USA Today

Jack Brandenburg of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, snapped the picture early Tuesday morning while aboard the Mesabi Miner, where he works as a mate. He used his Samsung cellphone camera and a long exposure
Great Lakes chefs keep crews happy with freighter fare

May 23, 2018 -

Freighters that crisscross the Great Lakes carry more than 100 million tons of cargo each year. Keeping their hardworking crews happy has a lot to do with the talented chief stewards and cooks who keep a seemingly endless stream of meals, snacks and baked goods flowing from the galleys.
Interlake Steamship adds new barge to fleet

April 30, 2018 - Crain's Cleveland Business

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