PHOTO OP ED: A long ship passing

Early on a winter morning, a 1,000-foot long ship, a dark shape against the pastel colors painted on the scene by the rising sun, passed the Port Washington lighthouse miles away on the horizon. The freighter was the American Century, northbound from Indiana Harbor to Duluth-Superior. Such passages will not be repeated for several months. The Soo Locks on the St. Marys River connecting Lakes Michigan and Huron with Lake Superior closed for the season last weekend. The end of the interlake shipping season brought a sistership of the American Century, the 1,000-foot Mesabi Miner, to Sturgeon Bay, Wis., on Jan. 15 for winter lay-up. The ship’s passage from Lake Michigan via the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal involved a tight squeeze passing through the buttresses of the downtown Sturgeon Bay Bridge. The 105-foot wide vessel had only a few feet of clearance as it made its way through the ice-covered water.
American Century photo by Bill Schanen IV
Mesabi Miner photo by Paul Haan

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