Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Another steam bath day. You actually catch your breath to take in a breath. Not an outdoor day..
I will post some more pics from vacation.
One of our beautiful sunsets.
International Bridge from Sault Ste. Marie United states of America, into Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
One end of one of the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. The locks close at each end between Lake MIchigan and Lake Huron.. Lake Huron is 24 feet lower than Lake MIchigan, so the ships get locked in, then the water level drops down to Lake Huron level and opens to let them continue on the St. Lawrence Seaway. Without these locks, ships would have to go all the way to the Panama Canal to get though the waterways around the world. DD was not interested, but I never tire of it, every year.
American flag in between Canadian Locks and American side. We are very proud of our Locks.
Bow of ship entering locks.. The process takes about an hour, depending on size and load of ship.
end of ship going into locks. This ship had a full load of either grain or stone, headed for Rogers City, Mi for making cement for Portland Cement Company.
Wheelhouse of ship in locks. This was an enormous ship! It barely fit into the lock. There was less than a foot of space on either side and less than two feet at one end! teh locks are about two city blocks long! that is one deft Captain! Next time you see cement or a loaf of bread, ingredients in most of everything you consume go through these locks from Hawaii to Russia! I have been watching them for 56 years!!