July 3, 2010
Lake freighters are a common sight on the Great Lakes waterways. Pictured is the Algoeast heading out onto Lake St. Clair. The Algoeast is owned by the Algoma Central Corporation in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The vessel was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industrys Ltd in Shimonoseki, Japan in 1877. It served as the Texaco Brave from 1977 to 1986, Le Brave from 1986 to 1997 and the Imperial St. Lawrence in 1997. The tanker now serves as the Algoeast. It's current location can be tracked through the Marine Traffic website. The website appears to be a bit behind as they are reporting she was on her way to Nanticoke on May 27, 2010 with and ETA of May 28, 2010. I took this picture of her on July 3, 2010 at the mouth of the St. Clair River entering into Lake St. Clair. Her station information indicated a destination of Nanticoke with and ETA of July 4, 2010 at 13:00.