Wanna hear another story?
"Yeah, I wanna hear how steel hulls "stretch" going up and down huge waves, and how the ice gets to be 4 feet thick, and how boats turn over 'cause of all that extra weight, and deck hatches get stove in and ships crack in half, and you guys run over 80ft pleasure cruisers like kindlin' wood, and about all that good food you guys got to eat.
Well, the first part anyway.
I've seen over 6 feet thick blue ice out on Lake Superior near Rock Is. while following the US Coast Guard Cutter Makinaw in a Spring convoy with four other lakers down bound from Duluth, Minn. But even though I've never seen a laker roll all the way over, I was on the Eugene W. Parney with Captain Fisher off of Keweenaw Pininsula when he put her half way over in a trough while in summer ballast in November, and scared the hell out of the entire crew. And let me tell you I was glued to the port bulkhead looking down at the lake only ten feet away from my head in the pilot house. If you wanna hear how this came about, and how it ended up just let me know.
Capt John S. Keller
Great Lakes Pilot