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. 

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More News and Information About Freighters

Finders, Keepers: The Great Lakes Now Episode Quiz
- by Anna Sysling

Test your knowledge on mapping the Great Lakes, collecting and cataloging freshwater fish species and some of the latest news around the region.

First in decades, a new Great Lakes freighter joins fleet
- by James Proffitt

The Mark W. Barker is more innovative and versatile than the larger Lakers.

Can shipping on the Great Lakes take the next step toward transporting high-value container cargo?
- by Gary Wilson

In this Q&A, Lake Carriers’ Association President James Weakley talks Great Lakes shipping economy, ice breakers, the Soo Locks and more.

The 2022 Great Lakes shipping season sets sail after COVID-19 hurdles
- by Maya Sundaresan

The 2021 shipping season was a “bounce-back season,” which Great Lakes port administrators attribute to increased cargo and infrastructure improvements.

In Progress: New Soo Lock looks at 2030 completion
- by Natasha Blakely

Current estimates for the cost of the project are just over $1.4 billion. Of that, $411 million has been funded so far.

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.