Alpena in Alpena County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
A Shipbuilding Revolution
Iron and steel made it possible to build ships of sizes wooden shipbuilders only dreamed of. In 1894, the steel steamer Victory distinguished herself as the first ship over 400 feet in length on the Great Lakes. In 1912, the first 600-footer followed. As ships grew, locks and canals grew with them. By 1958, these expansions allowed for 730-footers like the well-known Edmund Fitzgerald. With the most recent enlargement of the Soo Locks in 1973, the Great Lakes now host vessels reaching incredible lengths of just over 1,000 feet.
Erected by Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Trail.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 480 West Fletcher Street, Alpena MI 49707, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bigger, Stronger, Faster (here, next to this marker); Fast Steel Flyer: The Bulk Freighter Grecian (within shouting distance of this marker); Steaming Open the Frontier (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Research Vessels (about 400 feet away); Rising from the Ashes: The New Orleans (about 400 feet away); The Fletcher Coal Piers (about 500 feet away); Propellers (about 500 feet away); The Loss of the Pewabic (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alpena.
More about this marker. Marker is a large composite plaque, mounted waist-high on a metal supporting rack.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald
Also see . . .
1. SS Onoko. The Onoko was an iron hulled Great Lakes (Submitted on August 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Great Lakes Vessel History: the Spokane. Steel Great Lakes bulk and package freight vessel, later package freighter and automobile carrier. Built at Cleveland OH by Globe Iron Works, Hull 11. Launched June 5, 1886. Stranded Oct 28, 1907 on Gull Rock, Manitou Island, Lake Superior and declared constructive total loss. No lives lost. (Submitted on August 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 273 times since then and 123 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.