On a cool, blustery day 730 foot S/S Edward L. Ryerson slowly backs away from BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) Railway Dock # 5, Captain Eric Treece gives the security call to all vessel traffic in the area on Channel 16 of the marine band radio. Security, security, security.
The Edward L. Ryerson is now leaving BN 5 and is outbound Superior, headed out to Lake Superior. Repeat, the Ryerson is leaving BN 5 and will be outbound Superior to Lake Superior. The freighter has just loaded nearly 26,800 tons of iron ore pellets at BNSF ore docks in Superior, WI for Arcelor-Mittals Dofacso Docks at Hamilton, ON. Later that day the Ryerson will face eight to ten foot waves on Lake Superior.