POTW: The Queen of the Lakes

The Paul R. Tregurtha

Nov 23, 2023

The Paul R. Tregurtha is the longest active lake freighter on the Great Lakes at 1013.5 feet long, 105 feet in the beam, and has a depth of 56 feet. She is a bulk carrier powered by 2 × MaK 6M43C four-stroke diesel engines, 8,160 HP (6 MW) each at 514 RPM. She is described as the “Queen of the Great Lakes”

  • The Soo Locks website list this fun fact: it would take 584 train cars to move 70,000 tons of cargo or one 1,000ft freighter.

This week’s picture was taken at Amherstburg, by Roger Renaud.  She just left Lake Erie and is heading north, upstream, in the Detroit River toward the upper Great Lakes.  “Truly a sight to see,” says Roger.

Do you have a photo that makes waves. Send it along to onboard@kerrwil.com and please put POTW in the subject line.  Of course freighters are welcome, but so is anything else or anybody you might see from a boat or on a boat.

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