CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – She’s been the reigning Queen of the Lakes since setting sail in 1981.
The M/V Paul R. Tregurtha is the longest freighter to sail on the Great Lakes. Owned and operated by the Interlake Steamship Company the Tregurtha backed into Cleveland Harbor earlier this week to unload iron ore.
While the ship has been to Cleveland before this was her maiden voyage bringing cargo to the city.
Built in Toledo and Lorain this was the first time the Tregurtha had visited Cleveland.
She and her crew of about 25 crisscross the Lakes from March to January making more than 40 trips in a season carrying raw materials for the power generation and steel making industries.
The M/V Paul R. Tregurtha is 1,013.5 feet long, spanning more than three football fields.
It would take 700 train cars or 2,800 trucks to carry what the Great lakes freighter M/V Paul R. Tregurtha can carry in a single trip.
Shipping on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway generates $35 billion annually, $3.8 billion in Ohio, as well as supports 33,000 jobs in Ohio.
SOURCE: Cleveland 19
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