At the Duluth – Superior Harbor

The Indiana Harbor and the Aerial Lift Bridge

The Indiana Harbor and the Aerial Lift Bridge

Last week, we were at Duluth’s Aerial Lift Bridge and watched the lake freighter, Indiana Harbor enter the Duluth-Superior Harbor. It the largest in-land harbor in the world. It was a very windy day. The Indiana Harbor is 1000 feet long and 100 feet wide. Obviously there was enough clearance for the freighter, but it looked like a 747 landing on a two lane highway.

Two interesting facts: (1) The Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was based on the design of a bridge in Rouen, France. (2) The Indiana Harbor has its own website that lists its position, destination and cargo. I assume all the ships operating on the Great Lakes use the same website.

Our one regret is that the boat tours of the harbor ended on October 16.

John Lang

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