Huge Ships Transit World's Busiest Locks When Sailing Lake Superior and Lower Great Lakes

Between March and December each year, more than 7,000 ships sail through the world's busiest nautical locks -- in Sault St. Marie, Michigan. The Soo Locks, engineering and navigational marvels, work entirely on gravity, lowering or raising ships approximately 26 feet so they can sail between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes. We visited the Soo Locks on a Friday morning, and watched the Canadian-flagged bulk freighter Manitoulin complete the transit process in just under one hour. Watch the video to learn more about the process, and to get a phone number to call for the ship schedule at the locks.

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I'm a trained journalist, global traveler and retired business executive who worked for more than 20 years with some of the world's best and largest restaurant enterprises. I left the business world behind, living in Northwest Georgia and writing about avocations including outdoor excursions, family-friendly travel, road trips, exploration ideas for active seniors and some of my community passions. I've traveled to 47 states and nearly as many countries, and I'm still counting up. I'm a traveler, hiker, cyclist, blogger, marketing consultant, community volunteer and local high school band nerd who previously has lived in Florida, Ohio, Indiana and Mississippi. I'm a South Louisiana-born French Cajun whose great-grandparents were sugar farmers, bar owners and reputed bootleggers. My upbringing in food-rich Louisiana and my restaurant industry career affirmed my status as an over-qualified eater. That also inspired the name of my blog, OurTravelCafe.com. There, I offer up a complete menu of our my own experiences, explorations and adventures, organized by geography and always sprinkled with some spicy, tasty tidbits and food notes.

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