SHIPPING: Battle of the Lakes

Off Buffalo, there was still ten inches of ice on Lake Erie. In the bay at Marquette, on Lake Superior, there was still broken ice. But off Toledo there was no ice visible within 20 miles of shore, and the St. Clair River from Lake Huron was clear of ice as far as Algonac.

With her steam-plumed whistle barking, the low, trim Lake tanker Paratex moved down Toledo's Maumee River, cleared Cedar Point, and pushed her blunt bow towards Detroit. The Great Lakes shipping season was open—a month ahead of time on Lake...

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