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Episode 1002: Ships and Shipwrecks

Come aboard a tugboat that has delivered mail to boats on the Great Lakes since 1874, learn about life on a Great Lakes freighter, and dive into some incredible shipwrecks in the Great Lakes’ only national marine sanctuary.

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In episode 1002, come aboard a tugboat that has delivered mail to boats on the Great Lakes since 1874, learn about life on a Great Lakes freighter, and dive into…

Letters, Packages, Pizzas: The duties of the mail boat have changed with the evolution of delivery
- by Natasha Blakely

The J.W. Westcott Co. has a long-established reputation as a mail boat, delivering letters and messages to freighters passing through the Detroit River, but that no longer encompasses what the boat does.

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- by Natasha Blakely

Great Lakes Now talked to Sam Buchanan, senior boat captain and general manager of the J.W. Westcott, about what it’s like being a boat captain.

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- by Gary Wilson

Whitmer also wrote to the U.S. Coast Guard requesting that it create a rule similar to Michigan’s on anchor dragging to cover foreign ships.

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- by Ian Wendrow

Great Lakes Now spoke with maritime attorney Gary Baun on what it means to be a passenger on a cruise ship and what cautions passengers can take when it comes to legal issues.

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- by Natasha Blakely

video showing Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 pipeline taking damage was recently released, sparking a new debate on the risks of having an oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.

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