Commercial shipping on Saginaw River in 2018 was most seen in 8 years

January 11, 2019 -

SAGINAW, MI - More commercial shipping vessels traveled into the Saginaw River in 2018, reaching the highest number seen in the past eight years. The shipping season started on March 29, 2018, with the arrival of the tugboat Spartan and its tank barge, Spartan II. The ship also was the first of the season in 2017, according to data provided by Todd Shorkey, of, who compiles the data in an annual report each year.
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.
9 gorgeous freighters starring in the 2019 Interlake Steamship calendar

December 27, 2018 -

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- We love to watch them, majestic freighters as long as skyscrapers, gliding through Lake Erie or through the curves of the Cuyahoga River. Interlake Steamship, based in Middleburg Heights, operates nine lakers on the Great Lakes. From April through January, they travel, delivering nearly 20 million tons of iron ore, stone and coal each year. Interlake features each of its ships on its annual calendar. Want one of your own? Interlake donated calendars to the National Museum of the Great Lakes. You can buy one at the museum for $4.95, plus shipping. To order, call 419-214-5000 extension 200, or go to the website at
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.

November 15, 2018 - K102.5

November weather kicked up high winds and dangerous waves on the icy waters of Lake Michigan, making for a busy day at work as the crew of the Kaye E. Barker made a coal delivery to Grand Haven. Proud mom Beth DeVos traveled to Grand Haven State Park on Sunday, November 11th to see her son at work. Lukas is a deckhand on the Kaye E. Barker, a massive 767 foot, 25,900 pound freighter- one of the biggest left on the Great Lakes. Built in 1952, the ship is still in service and was bringing coal to the Grand Haven Board of Light & Power (possibly the last before it is replaced) from Sandusky, Ohio.
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.

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