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Did You Know...

  • The Port of Duluth-Superior welcomes around 900 vessels each year and handles an average of 35 million short tons of cargo every year
  • It's 2,342 miles from the Atlantic Ocean to Duluth-Superior
  • Iron ore and coal account for about 80% of the Port of Duluth-Superior's total tonnage
  • Two main types of ships visit the Port regularly
    • Lakers - bulk carriers specially built for the Great Lakes
    • Salties - Seaway-max vessels
  • The St. Lawrence Seaway, which provides access from the Atlantic Ocean to the Grat Lakes, has become a lifeline to doing business with the rest of the globe
  • The St. Lawrence Seaway transports 80% of the iron ore used in US steel production
  • The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway creates more than 1/3 of the continent's gross national product

 

Boating Lingo

  • Bow - front end of a boat
  • Stern - rear end of a boat
  • Underway - when a boat is moving, by motor, wind, etc. 
  • Amidships - central part of a boating vessel
  • Topside - moving from the lower deck of a boat to an upper deck 
  • Quarters - living and sleeping areas of a vessel
  • Head - toilet facilities
  • Hull - the structural body of the boat that rests in the water
  • Dry Weight - weight of the boat without fuel and freshwater
  • MAYDAY - a radio distress call

 

Lake Superior Fun Facts

  • Lake Superior contains 10% of all planet Earth's fresh surface water
  • The deepest point of Lake Superior is 1,333 feet deep but it averages at 483 feet
  • Lake Superior is the biggest lake in the world by surface area
  • There are 78 species of fish found in the lake
  • Lake Superior stretches 160 miles wide and is 350 miles long
  • The lake rarely freezes over completley
  • The average temperature is 40 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Lake Superior roughly contains 3-quadrillon gallons of water
  • The retention time of water is 191 years - for example, when it rains this water will stay in the lake for that long
  • Lake Superior is only about 10,000 years old - essentially a geological newcomer
  • Because of its temperature, Lake Superior is very clean