Cover Story: July issue of Cleveland Magazine

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THE READ Life Aboard the Great Lakes’ Newest Cargo Ship Meet the crew that keeps things running, day and night, on the Mark W. Barker: a new vessel designed specifically to navigate the Cuyahoga River. Annie Nickoloff Thursday, June 20, 2024

TV6’s Elizabeth Peterson begins her journey with the Lee A. Tregurtha through the Great Lakes


MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – For those along Lake Superior they are perhaps the most photographed, the most iconic, the most mysterious attraction of the Upper Peninsula. We’re captivated by them, drawn to them. We sit along the shore watching as they glide through the water, seemingly unphased by the wind, waves and wild weather conditions. We track them. Tourists plan trips for a chance to view them. We’re in awe at their size and all they accomplish. They have become a symbol of who we are. The ore boats of the Great Lakes. Rich in history. Rich in U-P culture. …

Meet the Mark W. Barker, a new 639-foot ship hauling cargo on the Great Lakes


CLEVELAND, Ohio — A new freighter is sailing the Great Lakes and carrying cargo in and out of the Cuyahoga River. The Mark W. Barker, a 639-foot bulk carrier, is the 10th ship in the Interlake Steamship Co.’s fleet, a Great Lakes carrier headquartered in Middleburg Heights. It’s the company’s first newly built ship since 1981. The MWB arrived in Cleveland this week after embarking from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, where it was built by Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. It’s already made eight deliveries.

Freighter Ship Launched at Bayshipbuilding


It’s been almost four decades since a new bulk carrier ship joined the Great Lakes fleet, a hiatus broken last Thursday after workers opened the valves to flood the dry dock at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay to launch the Mark W. Barker. “This is a huge milestone for all of us to be able to put the boat in the water for the first time,” said the vessel’s namesake, Mark Barker, president of Interlake Steamship, which commissioned and owns the ship. The 639-foot-long, 75-foot-wide bulk freighter received full maritime honors Oct. 28, including a large crowd, speeches and …