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

Culinary masters aboard Great Lakes freighters: Navigating the high seas of flavor
- by Capri S. Cafaro

On many freighters sailing the Great Lakes, there are cooks known as galley stewards who are on a mission to elevate the on board dining experience, while also creating a sense of community. 

Mapping the Great Lakes: Freighters!
- by Alex Hill

The Great Lakes are the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth by total area, and they are also some of the busiest inland waterways in the world.

Folk singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot dies at 84
- by The Associated Press

The legendary folk singer-songwriter, whose hits include “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” died on May 1.

Michigan researchers find 1914 shipwrecks in Lake Superior
- by The Associated Press

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society announced the discoveries this month after confirming details with other researchers.

Detroit church to remember sailors lost on the Great Lakes
- by The Associated Press

Sailors who lost their lives in shipwrecks on the Great Lakes and Michigan waterways will be remembered at a historic church in downtown Detroit.

The Catch: New freighter in town
- by GLN Editor

The ship is the first American made bulk cargo carrier constructed on the Great Lakes in nearly 40 years.

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, Great Lakes Now

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 Public

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.