Sault Ste Marie by Guest Blogger E~

13 Jul

E~ will be dictating today’s post about his favorite part of vacation – Sault Ste Marie

We want on a trip & saw the biggest ship on the Great Lakes, the Paul R. Tregurtha.  It is 1013ft long & 105ft wide.  It’s self-unloading ship which means it has a crane that can load & unload cargo.

The Paul R Tregurtha passing a Soo Locks tour boatThe Paul R Tregurtha passing a Soo Locks tour boat

The next ship I’m going to tell you about is the Pine Glen.  Also like the Paul R Tregurtha the Pine Glen is a self-unloader too.  The Pine Glen is ocean going because it has a hump in the front for pushing waves on the ocean.

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I’m going to tell you about how a Lock works & what a Lock is.  A Lock is a something that helps ships avoid going down rapids or waterfalls.  There’s pumps or gravity that help the Lock fill up & empty.  The Soo Locks are 4 Locks helping boats go from Lake Superior to St. Mary’s river which leads to Lake Huron.  The boats cargo is usually grain or taconite or coal or coke (type of rock).  The Soo Locks work by a gate that opens under the Lock & water from Lake Superior rushes through to fill the Lock up.  And then when the boat needs to go the other way water from Lake Superior rushes back to the St Mary’s river & the boat can go through.

The Soo Locks.  The Pine Glen is entering from St Mary's River on the left of the photo

The Soo Locks. The Pine Glen is entering from St Mary's River on the left of the photo (K~)

The Pine Glen in the lock

The Pine Glen waiting to exit the lock.

Another thing I liked about Sault Ste Marie was learning about ship wrecks.  My favorite shipwreck is the Edmund Fitzgerald.  One thing I thought was really cool is that the Valley Camp Ship Museum had two of its (Edmund Fitzgerald’s)  life boats inside it.  The Edmund Fitzgerald was in a wreck on Lake Superior on November 10, 1975.   It was coming from Duluth when it went down because of hail & high winds.  There were no survivors.  The Edmund Fitzgerald wasn’t alone though.  It was being followed by the Arthur M Anderson which was 17 miles away.  The Edmund Fitzgerald was split in 3 parts, the bow, the stern, & the middle part.  All of which are still at the bottom of the lake.  The middle part is scattered into small pieces.  One whole lifeboat & a half of another are the only things that survived.

by E~, age 8.

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One Response to “Sault Ste Marie by Guest Blogger E~”

  1. Jenny July 13, 2009 at 9:06 pm #

    Good job, Ethan! Loved your blog … I hope you blog more. 🙂

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