The Soo Locks opened at noon on Saturday, March 24, instead or 12:01 am Sunday morning, due to request made by the shipping industry. An unusually warm winter made for minimal to non-existent ice conditions which allows the ships to maneuver throughout the Great Lakes earlier than normal.
That means, all you boat lovers out there, that SHIPPING SEASON HAS OFFICIALLY BEGUN on the Great Lakes. We will begin to see those behemoth freighters gracing our horizons and, for some of us, our veritable front doorsteps. I know I am excited, so I am sure you are, too.
I have had a collection of freighters to view throughout the winter months, unfortunately, they have been the same ones, parked in the same spots, for the past several months. I am ready for new sights, freighters on the move, bow waves, and the sounds of those beloved salutes! Blessings on the men and women who sail these Great Lakes and may you have a safe and prosperous 2012 shipping season!