Freighter Mystery

It’s still unknown who the people in the film are, or how they came to be traveling the Great Lakes on a freighter. 

Do you recognize the faces in this film?  Let us know by filling out the form below:


More News and Information About Freighters

Canada expands ballast water restrictions to reduce invasive species spread
- by Michigan Radio

The rules require all Canadian ships and all ships visiting Canadian ports to treat ballast water. That includes so-called “lakers.” They are ships which only haul cargo within the Great Lakes.

Ship-top vaccinations help keep freighters hauling
- by The Alpena News

Health officials delivered more than 300 vaccinations on 25 ships at the Soo Locks.

Freighter Mystery: Can you help Great Lakes Now with more clues to identify people and places in a historic film?
- by GLN Editor

TV Producer Rob Green discovered a film on YouTube. Here’s how he made it into a PBS segment for the monthly Great Lakes Now program.

Michigan is on thin ice. Get used to it, climate experts say.
- by Bridge Michigan

Great Lakes ice cover is near record lows and expected to remain low through winter, threatening key ecosystems and the state’s $2.3 billion recreational fishing industry.

Stalled Ships: Shipping industry looks to infrastructure investments to boost demand
- by Natasha Blakely

With drops of tonnage on the Great Lakes due to COVID-19, many in the industry are hoping long-term infrastructure investments will turn things around.

2020 in Review: Climate change, COVID-19 and Michigan’s governor
- by Gary Wilson

Of course, a lot also happened in 2020 that did not garner the attention that COVID-19 and climate change did.

Watch Party: Ships and Shipwrecks
- by GLN Editor

Come aboard a boat that delivers mail to ships on the Great Lakes, learn about…

Got Pike? Huron, Michigan, Ontario, Superior, yes. Erie, not so much.
- by James Proffitt

Increased seiche events likely hurting already small populations of the fish.

Q&A: What Michigan’s move to shut down Enbridge Line 5 means
- by Bridge Michigan

Those involved in Michigan’s pipeline debate said they’re expecting a lengthy legal battle before the pipeline’s fate is settled.

Michigan governor seeks shutdown of Great Lakes oil pipeline
- by The Associated Press

Whitmer’s office notified Enbridge that it was revoking an easement granted in 1953 to extend a section of the pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac.

Dave Spangler: Lake Erie loses tireless full-time advocate
- by James Proffitt

The Oak Harbor charter captain was a major force in many circles.

Judge: Michigan agency can evaluate Great Lakes tunnel plan
- by The Associated Press

The Michigan Public Service Commission can evaluate the need for the tunnel project and whether it would be designed, constructed and operated safely, according to a judge.

Great Lakes Freighters: The latest on navigation, locks and icebreakers
- by Gary Wilson

It’s the 140th anniversary of the Lake Carriers’ Association, and its president discusses the new Soo lock, icebreakers and tension with Canada.

New House bills would make anchor strikes in the Straits of Mackinac a felony
- by Michigan Radio

They could face a felony charge, serve up to four years in prison, pay a fine of up to $10,000, and cover environmental cleanup costs.

Ancient stone patterns in Straits of Mackinac add new wrinkle to Line 5 pipeline debate
- by The Associated Press

A group of amateur explorers raised money to look at Enbridge Inc.’s oil pipeline on the lake bottom.