The 2011 Shipping Season


The Paul R. Tregurtha exits Lake Huron into the St. Clair River on an April morning.  She carries coal to power plants in St. Clair and Monroe, MI.

Paul R. Tregurtha, the largest ship on the Great Lakes, has completed her first voyage of 2011.  After delivering 70,000 tons of coal to a Detroit Edison powerplant, she passes Port Huron on her return trip to Superior, Wisconsin.

The Presque Isle enters the St. Clair River with a load of iron ore for the Detroit auto factories.

The Huron Cut is a 600 foot wide channel that provides deep enough water for the freighters to pass into the St. Clair River.  Two way traffic is allowed in the Cut but not South of buoys 1 & 2 and for the next mile and a half to the Black River.

The 1000 foot articulated tug and barge, Presque Isle, enters Lake Huron on her return trip to Duluth, Minnesota.  She regularly delivers iron ore to auto factories in the Detroit area.