Posts Tagged ‘freighters’

What not to do on the Cuyahoga River

We get it. The Cuyahoga River is pure joy on a sunny summer day, a smooth spot for cruising, whether you’re on a jet ski, kayak or stand-up paddleboard. But the river is still a federal shipping channel. And those giant freighters have very little room to maneuver. So play it safe. Here’s what not…

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What life is like aboard a Great Lakes freighter

The crew lives on the ship, working six hours on and six hours off, seven days a week, for 60 days. So what’s it like aboard a laker? RocktheLake climbed aboard (literally, with a ladder) at the Port of Cleveland Bulk Terminal at Whiskey Island on Lake Erie to find out. We rode Interlake Steamship…

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Ambassadors to help out Cuyahoga River paddlers

To keep kayakers and stand-up paddlers safe on the Cuyahoga River, volunteers are forming a Cuyahoga River Ambassador Program — or CRAP, for short. The nonprofit Phastar Corp. is working with the Cleveland Metroparks, Foundry and Nalu Paddle & Surf to train about two dozen volunteers for the program. For more information, see cleveland.com/rock-the-lake. Share:

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Marine industry workers needed

The marine industry is expecting a shortage of workers, as Baby Boomers retire.  Ever dream about working on a ship? There are lots of opportunities.  Read all about them on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake. Share:

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This boat delivers mail to freighters on the Detroit River

The J.W. Westcott invented “mail-in-the-pail” in 1874. And 144 years later, it’s still using the technique to deliver letters, as well as packages and sometimes pizza, to freighters in the Detroit River.  It’s the only boat with its own U.S. ZIP Code. Read all about it on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.  Share:

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See the list of freighters arriving at the Port of Cleveland

We love to watch freighters. As long as the Terminal Tower is tall, the ships are eye-catching, mesmerizing, romantic vestiges of industrial glory days. We can’t get over their size, whether they’re powering through Lake Erie or pivoting around the hair-pin curves of the Cuyahoga River. They’re more than a pretty sight on the horizon.…

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Tour the William G. Mather, flagship of the Cleveland Cliffs fleet

The 600-foot William G. Mather was once the biggest, grandest steamship in the Cleveland-Cliffs fleet, carrying 14,000 tons of iron ore from the shores of Lake Superior to the steel mills of Lake Erie. Now, the so-called “ship that built Cleveland” is docked in Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor, part of the Great Lakes Science Center…

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