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Great Lakes Frequently asked Questions
  1. Just how much water is there in the Great Lakes system?
  2. What other size-based characteristics
    do the Great Lakes have?
  3. What attracts visitors to the Great Lakes?
  4. Just how far do the Great Lakes stretch?
  5. How long is the St Lawrence Seaway?
  6. What are the historical and operational highlights of the canal?
  7. What size ships can transit the canal and cruise into
    the Great Lakes?
  8. How long does it take if one cruises non stop across
    the Great Lakes?
  9. When and where did Charles Dickens cruise?
  10. What are some of the original Great Lakes cruise/transit lines?

1. Just how much water is there in the Great Lakes system?

The Great Lakes houses 20% of the world’s freshwater

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2. What other size-based characteristics do the Great Lakes have?
  1. The largest freshwater lake in the world.
  2. The longest freshwater beach in the world.
  3. Largest concentration of lighthouses.
  4. More ships than the Suez Canal.
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3.What attracts visitors to the Great Lakes?
  1. Magnificent visually appealing wilderness and pristine maritime scenery
  2. Well balanced urban and wilderness experiences.
  3. Cities with superb cultural institutions.
  4. Port towns with historic and cultural appeal.
  5. The Great Lakes have a small but measurable tide.
  6. The upper lakes are home to magnificent wildlife such as Moose, Elk and Wolves.
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4. Just how far do the Great Lakes stretch?

A ship sailing from the mouth of the St Lawrence will travel further to Duluth than across the Atlantic.

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5. How long is the St Lawrence Seaway?

The actual Seaway runs from Montreal to Lake Erie including Lake Ontario & the Welland Canal.

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6.What are the historical and operational highlights of the canal?
  1. In 1860…the St Louis to Montreal canal was “dug” by a local monk.
  2. 1833 The first Welland Canal was opened.
  3. In 1959 Queen Elizabeth and President Eisenhower officially opened the St Lawrence Seaway.
  4. 1959 1 Billion Dollars were originally invested in the building of the Canal.
  5. Navigation runs from late March until mid December.
  6. It is jointly managed by the Canadian and U.S. Authorities.
  7. There are 15 locks between Montreal and Lake Erie, 13 in Canada and 2 in the U.S.A.
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7. What size ships can transit the canal and cruise into the Great Lakes?

Ships 740 feet in length…with 78 feet beam…Sea Draft of 26 feet, 3 Inches…and Air Draft of 116 feet, 6 inches…can transit the Canal.

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8. How long does it take if one cruises non stop across the Great Lakes?

Montreal to Lake Ontario - 24 Hours
Across Lake Ontario - 14 Hours
Port Weller to Port Colborne - 12 Hours
Port Colborne to Port Huron - 20 Hours
Montreal to Port Colborne - 47 Hours
Montreal to Milwaukee - 101 Hours
Montreal to Chicago - 107 Hours
Montreal to Duluth - 112 Hours

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9. When and where did Charles Dickens cruise?

In 1842 he crossed the Atlantic to Newfoundland Jan 28 he arrived in Boston Harbour In 1842 he steamboats the American canals In April 1842 he cruises from Sandusky to Lake Erie and on to Cleveland On April 26 C. Dickens arrives Buffalo & then Niagara Falls on the S.S. Constitution Between May 14 and 21 he visited Toronto, Kingston & Montreal.

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10. What are some of the original Great Lakes cruise/transit lines?

Anchor Line, Detroit & Cleveland Line, Canadian Pacific, Northern Steamship, Cleveland & Buffalo Line, Northern Navigation Line, Star Cole Line, Goderich Transit, Canada Steamship Lines, Georgian Bay Line, Seaway Lines, Owen Sound Transportation, Fjell-Orange Line, Sun Line.

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