Lake freighter

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English: Lake freighters (lakers) carry bulk cargoes on the Great Lakes in North America. Many ship names were reused after boats were sunk, scrapped or sold off and renamed. The same name may apply to four or even five different ships.

Current boats[edytuj]

Currently afloat, as of 2012 season

Classic lakers[edytuj]

The classic pattern lakers have a bridge in the front of the boat with a second house in the rear over the engine room. Usually with a bluff bow.

Modern boats[edytuj]

Usually with a single house aft. May have a bluff bow, raked bow or a bulbous bow.


The largest boats on the Great Lakes, ranging from 1000 to 1014-feet long and built between 1976 and 1981. All are still in service.

Integrated tug-barges[edytuj]

Integrated tug-barges features dedicated tugs with coupling equipment which mates with receivers in v-notches in the barges, effectively creating a unified unit. On the Great Lakes, these barges have often been created by cutting of the engine room and superstructures of old freighters.

Museum ships[edytuj]

Decommissioned/scrapped boats[edytuj]

Lost boats[edytuj]

More at 1913 Great Lakes storm: Ships

Unidentified boats[edytuj]

Similar and related ships[edytuj]