Great Lakes Shipping
Many of the cities along the Great Lakes, both Canadian and U.S.A. sides, depended on the Great Lakes for transportation. For many year, freighters have carried products, resources, and people all over the Inland Seas. There is still much activity today. This project will have the students track a freighter for a period of time and write a short report. Internet access is a must, but much of the work can be done in school. Most of the links used are given here, but further research can be done with adult permission. Some of the links given below may not be "click-and-go links."
This link is needed to track vessels. Further information can be gathered by clicking on the ship.
Further information can be gathered at these websites:
Ship name: _________________________________________________________________
Flag: _________________________ Ship type: _______________________________
Year built: ____________________ Call sign: ________________________________
Captain: ______________________ Company: _______________________________
Dead weight: _______________ tons Gross tonnage: ________________ tons
(Subtract Gross tonnage from Dead weight to get cargo capacity) ___________________
What is the significance of the ship's name? _______________________________________
Canadian ports: _______________________________________________________________
U.S. Ports: ___________________________________________________________________
Did this ship transit the Soo locks? YES NO
Did this ship transit the Welland Canal? YES NO
How many miles (approximately) did the ship travel during the time observed? ___________
Approximately how many miles will the ship travel during the season? __________________
List any known cargo the ship hauled: _____________________________________________
From the website given or another site, include a picture of the vessel.
Write a short response (TS-2ex) about a Great Lakes Freighter. Include any information that was interesting, useful, fun, or otherwise significant about the vessel followed.