Great Lakes freighter crews share favorite photos, videos

Great Lakes Shipping

A summer storm on Lake Michigan. Photo taken from aboard Interlake Steamship Company’s Mesabi Miner. Photo courtesy of Jack Brandenburg



















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.

Interlake runs nine self-unloading vessels across the Great Lakes, moving nearly  20 million tons of iron ore, stone and coal each year. Its fleet includes four of the popular thousand-footers, including the Paul R. Tregurtha, which at 1,013 feet is the longest vessel on the Great Lakes.

So enjoy these images taken from vantage points you can only see on our Great Lakes.

“It was a banner year for continuing our efforts to highlight the importance of Great Lakes shipping and the hardworking men and women who power it,” said Chrissy Kadleck, who manages public relations and social media for Interlake.

“Our Best of 2018 photos and videos were a way to revisit and reflect on some of our most popular and most shared posts that happened during the last 12 months. We hope people enjoy it as much as we have!”

View more photos here