Queen of the Lakes Traverses Sault Ste. Marie's Poe Lock
Posted On 08/12/2021 09:00:37
Michigan | Great Lakes | Lake Huron | Lake Superior | Sault Saint Marie | Soo Locks | Poe Lock | St. Lawrence Seaway | Ship Travel | Freighters | History
From the observation decks at Soo Locks Park, watch and learn about ship travel between Lake Huron and Lake Superior.
About 7,000 boats of various sizes travel the St. Lawrence Seaway annually during the ten months beginning in mid-March.
What's so amazing about this journey is that ships have to be raised or lowered (depending on their direction) a total of 21
feet to get from one lake to the other. The water level has been adjusted using combinations of valves and gravity since
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Have you ever had a chance to see an engineering "miracle" in action?
We have cruised through the Panama Canal twice, and now have seen the Soo Locks, a National Historic Site located in
Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It's quite interesting to see boats/ships of all sizes being raised or lowered in order to cross
between Lakes Huron and Superior. We lucked out when the Paul R. Tregurtha happened to enter the locks during our visit.
At 1,013 feet in length and the longest freighter traveling the Great Lakes, it is known as the "Queen of the Lakes".
Fun fact: Unlike travel through the Panama Canal, there is no charge for ships passing through the Soo Locks which are open
24 hours per day during their 10 month season!