That Time A Michigan Ship Blocked A Waterway
While international shipping traffic has been interrupted by a freighter blocking the Suez Canal, I take you back to the '50s, when the same thing happened in Michigan.
We take you back to October of 1952, where the brilliantly named "SS City of Grand Rapids" slipped its moorings along the St. Joseph River, and blocked the channel to Lake Michigan, causing some drama when it totally blocked the access to the big lake.
It screwed up shipping, I'm sure of it. I'm just not sure for how long.
According to the Herald-Palladium Facebook page, that was the end of the ship, as they put it out of her misery following the incident. It doesn't say how long it took to get the ship unwedged.
It was a final curtain call for the old girl, as soon after she was towed to the scrapyard – the last of the old Graham & Morton steamers to be scrapped – marking an end to a long-ago era when steamers ruled the lakes.
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