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Edward L. Ryerson, October 7, 2006, Lake St. Clair


 

 

The Edward L. Ryerson, is one of only two remaining straight-deck bulk carriers still part of the American fleet on the Great Lakes. January 21, 1960, the Edward L. Ryerson was launched, christened then flagged under the Inland Steel Co. The Ryerson is capable of speeds up to 19 m.p.h. earning her the nickname "Fast Eddie" as one of the fastest ships on the Great Lakes.

On December 12, 1998, the Ryerson  was placed into long-term lay-up at Bay Shipbuilding, Sturgeon Bay, WI. The early summer of 2006 came the need for more reliable hulls to carry cargoes.

On June 3, 2006, the classic laker was brought out of lay-up. Trade routes including Escanaba, MI and Superior, WI to Indiana Harbor, IN and Superior, WI to Lorain, OH have kept the Edward L. Ryerson engaged since her return to service.
 

 






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