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What is biggest boat that ever traveled on one of the Great Lakes?
from Jesse in Houghton, Michigan, Age 12

The Paul R. Tregurtha, also known as the "Queen of the Lakes," is the largest ship to ever travel Great Lakes waters. She measures in at 1013' 06" in length -- that's over three football fields! -- and has a cargo capacity of 68,000 tons.

She was originally christened on April 25, 1981, as the William J. DeLancey. This vessel was the last Great Lakes ship built at the American Ship Building Company in Lorain, Ohio, and was also the last of the 13 ships in the thousand-footer class to enter Great Lakes service.

Related reference: The Great Lakes Fleet Page Vessel Feature -- Paul R. Tregurtha

Thank you for your question!


Answered on May 16, 2001

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