Lake St. Clair
(24.5 x 18.5 in.), - $3,500.00
As towering cumulonimbus clouds build to the north in the afternoon heat, surely to bring evening thunderstorms, the 1004 foot M/V American Spirit is crossing Lake St. Clair. The vessel is likely carrying a near capacity load of over 60,000 tons iron ore pellets by noticing how close the bow anchor pockets are to the water level. After loading a heavy load like this at the Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad docks in Marquette, MI it's a fair indication that the water levels are high in the St. Mary's, St. Clair and Detroit Rivers. Vessels will adjust their loads to the water levels in these rivers to avoid grounding. After crossing Lake St. Clair and entering the Detroit River, the American Steamship Co. vessel will unload at Hascall Steel Co. in Ecorse, MI.