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The Great Lakes Fleet of freighters features 9 ore carriers, including the famous Arthur Anderson that was the last vessel to contact the Edmund Fitzgerald before it sank in Lake Superior in 1975.

There are also three 1,000-footers: Edgar B. Speer, Edwin H. Gott and Presque Isle. Other vessels in the fleet are the John G. Munson, Cason J. Callaway, Philip R. Clarke, Great Republic and Roger Blough.

The fleet operates out of Duluth, Minnesota.

Great Lakes Fleet of freighters

The Great Lakes Fleet is operated under the locally based company, Key Lakes Inc., a workaround that allows the Canadian owner to apply its assets on the Great Lakes, between U.S. ports — from Minnesota ore mines to the country’s blast furnaces and steel mills on the lower Great Lakes.

The Jones Act prohibits foreign ships from delivering cargoes between American ports.

The Great Lakes Fleet is home to the popular Arthur M. Anderson, the last vessel to communicate with the Edmund Fitzgerald prior to its infamous sinking in 1975.

Great Lakes Fleet of freighters

A final vessel in the fleet, the Roger Blough, was badly damaged by fire in February 2021 during its winter layup in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

CN did not illuminate the current status of Roger Blough. At the time of the fire, the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department reported an estimated $20 million in damages to the $100 million laker.

All the ships are for sale.


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