For centuries, millions of tons of cargo have transported
across the five Great Lakes, bringing the products and commodities of
the Midwestern states and Canadian provinces to markets worldwide.
The lakes have always held on to the old-school ways of using single
screw tugboats, steam propulsion, and incredibly talented engineers
and captains who can maneuver their vessels in and out of tight quarters
and winding tributaries. Although the Great Lakes are holding on to
their old ways, big changes are occurring and we are at the end of an
era. Original and historic images show ore boats, tugboats, barges,
passenger vessels, and workboats at work on the lakes. Final chapters
in the boneyard show the near and ultimate demise of these great ships
at the end of an era, with newer construction techniques and technically
advanced ships replacing the old-timers.