Rainbow at the Soo Locks

Rainbow at Soo Locks, photo by kdclarkfarm Diane says that everyone was in awe at this rainbow apparently waiting its turn for the Soo Locks in late September. View her photo background bigilicious and see more in her Freighters and the St. Clair River slideshow. More rainbows and more Soo Locks on Michigan in Pictures.  

Failure of Poe Lock at the Soo Locks would be devastating

charles m. beeghly, poe lock, sault ste. marie, michigan, photo by twurdemann via today’s Five Things you need to know about Michigan on Absolute Michigan comes a Detroit Free Press report on  the potentially dire consequences for the US & Michigan if the Soo Locks fail: A U.S. Department of Homeland Security report indicates a 6-month shutdown of the Poe … Continue reading Failure of Poe Lock at the Soo Locks would be devastating

Soo Locks, Sault Ste. Marie Michigan

Sunset | Soo Locks, photo by Camaeleo While I’ve shared numerous photos from the Soo Locks, I’ve never provided the history of one of Michigan’s defining marvels. The Sault Ste. Marie Convention & Visitors Bureau has a brief Soo Locks history: In 1797, the Northwest Fur Company constructed a navigation lock 38 feet long on the Canadian side … Continue reading Soo Locks, Sault Ste. Marie Michigan

Quiet Opening Day at the Soo Locks in 2014

Coast Guard cutters pass through Soo Locks, photo by Coast Guard News Although the Soo Locks opened yesterday, UpNorthLive reports that for the first time in 20 years no ships passed through. Click through for a video story that includes footage from the Locks and an interview with Soo Locks Lock Master Tom Soeltner. About the photo, the … Continue reading Quiet Opening Day at the Soo Locks in 2014

The Edmund Fitzgerald in the Soo Locks

The Edmund Fitzgerald in the Soo Locks, photo by bill.d. Through Gordon Lightfoot’s song, the Edmund Fitzgerald has become an icon for the power of the Great Lakes. Nowhere can you see it better than Joseph Fulton’s video of The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, a fantastic piece of film-making that you need to see … Continue reading The Edmund Fitzgerald in the Soo Locks

Soo Locks Celebration, 1905 right up to tomorrow

Soo Locks Celebration – 1905, photo by Detroit Publishing Co. The fantastic American Memory feature of the the US Library of Congress had this picture titled Reviewing stand, Saint Marys [sic] Canal celebration. It was taken in 1905, the very first year of a celebration that continues today: the annual Soo Locks Celebration (also known … Continue reading Soo Locks Celebration, 1905 right up to tomorrow

#TBT: Soo Ice Jam of 1953

Soo Ice Jam of 1953, shared by John Rodawn The Ludington Daily News from April 9, 1953 had an article titled Try to Clear Soo Lock Ice with Freighters’ Backwash that said: SAULT STE. MARIE MICHIGAN – Three powerful lakes craft churned their propellers in a huge “Operations Backwash” today hopeful they could clear the … Continue reading #TBT: Soo Ice Jam of 1953

Shipping Season: The Saginaw at Mission Point

Saginaw at Mission Point, photo by Krystal Kauffman Capistrano has their swallows, but a sure sign of Spring in Michigan is when the freighters return to the Great Lakes. One of the best places for shipwatching is right where Krystal took this photo: Mission Point at the mouth of the North Channel near the Soo Locks. View … Continue reading Shipping Season: The Saginaw at Mission Point

The Great Storm of 1913 and the Last Voyage of the Henry B. Smith

Henry B Smith LOC det 4a16048, photo by Detroit Publishing Co. (via Library of Congress) In November I like to share stories of some of the ships that have been lost in the most dangerous month of shipping on the Great Lakes. November is a month when owners and captains have historically sought to bet the margins … Continue reading The Great Storm of 1913 and the Last Voyage of the Henry B. Smith

Sometimes, Mother Nature Wins

Stuck in the ice, eastern Lake Superior, photo courtesy US Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw As of yesterday, no ships had passed through the Soo Locks due to the overwhelming mass of ice on the world’s biggest lake. That doesn’t stop them from trying and (in this case) failing. The Cason J. Callaway ended up locked in … Continue reading Sometimes, Mother Nature Wins