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Cruising through the canal

September 25, 2013
The Daily Mining Gazette
David Archambeau/Daily Mining Gazette
The Great Lakes ore carrier Kaye E. Barker makes its way through the Portage Lake Shipping Canal Tuesday afternoon. According to, the 767-foot ship is one of the favorites of boatwatchers on the Great Lakes. Built in 1951 for the Cleveland Cliffs Steamship Company, the vessel began its career as the Edward B. Greene. After it was sold to the Ford Corporation it was renamed the Benson Ford III, and made regular runs from Marquette to the Rouge steel plant. When the Ford fleet dissolved in 1989, the ship was purchased by the Interlake Steamship company and renamed the Kaye E. Barker in honor of the wife of an Interlake executive. Primarily an iron ore carrier regularly making the Marquette run, the ship is also active in the coal and stone trades.


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