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View from tower of river & Valley Camp Museum Ship

Overlooking Sault Ste. Marie & Locks(between water and bridge)

Dinner Cruise Boat - Canada across the river

Coast Guard boat and cement tower in background

Inside Canadian lock - going up

Raw material at Canadian Steel mill

Entering the American lock with another tour boat

Inside Am. lock with the other tour boat

Going down

Leaving the lock

Trolly we took to Canadian side

Sightseeing boat entering Canadian lock

Boat tied off, also small boat and lock door closing

Going down

Monday, August 7, the group is moving to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. It was a little over a two-hour drive on state roads, which weren't too bad. We arrived at Soo Locks Campground by early afternoon. The campgrounds are right on the edge of St. Mary's River and we can see the approach area to the locks from the campgrounds. The locks are there so that ships can travel between the St. Mary's River to Lake Superior which is 21 feet higher than the river. The River also connects to Lake Huron, to the east, so ships can travel from Lake Huron to Lake Superior, right past our campground. Also, from our campgrounds we can look across the St. Mary's River and see Canada. At 4:30 this afternoon a bus took us a very short distance to the Tower of History. It is a 210-foot concrete tower that gives you a great view of the area. The bus then takes us another short distance to a museum ship called the Valley Camp. It is a de-commissioned freighter ship that is 550 ft. long and 58 ft. wide. We are given a tour of all parts of the ship from engine room to the pilot's deck. In one of the ships huge cargo holds they have a Maritime Museum. The bus then took us another short distance to the dock of the Soo Locks Scenic Dinner Cruise. It was a 3-hour cruise with dinner followed by a trip through the small Canadian Locks, then cruise by a huge steel factory on the Canadian side of the lake. There we could see the huge piles of raw material brought there by freighters and the finished metal ready to be picked up. Then we cruised back though the American Locks, so we could experience both locks. At Sault Ste. Marie there are 5 locks. One on the Canadian side and 4 on the American side, which only 2 of them are being used. The MacArthur lock is 800 ft. long, 80 ft. wide and 31 ft. deep. The Poe lock is 1200 ft. long and 110 ft. wide and 32 ft. deep, so it can handle the huge 1000 ft. freighters that are used on the Great Lakes. It was a neat experience to go through the locks and see them working and a beautiful evening also.

Tuesday was a free day to do exploring on your own. A small group of ladies decided to organize a trip of their own. Some of them didn't have tow cars so they called a local trolley company and made arrangements for them to come pick us at the campgrounds and take us across the International Bridge into Canada for a tour around there and to the Canadian Locks. About 10 couples participated.

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