The final boat I would see pass under the bridge in 2013 (Saw 6 boats this season under the bridge) was the 1004 ft Edgar B. Speer of Great Lakes Fleet. I listened to the captain talk to the bridge operator for about a minute. I recorded the conversation.
“Hey there bridge, this is the Edgar Speer. Just lettin’ ya’ know we’re about 5 miles out.”
“Sounds good cap’, I uhhh, see ya’ out there, just give me a call when you’re a mile and a half out.”
“Yup, will do bridge. Hey uhh, how’s the ice in there? Safe enough to come in?”
“Yeah, we had a guy go out earlier and he broke it up pretty well [James R. Barker] so you should be fine to come in.”
“Alright, sounds good bridge. We’ll give you a call at a mile and a half.”
“Sounds good cap’.”
I then thought to myself, “my scanner is the best $4 investment in the history of the world.”
The Speer took about twenty minutes to line up and make it under the bridge. In this picture, it almost seems she wants to hit the South Pier light.
She then made it under the bridge, and I had my camera ready to photograph my 6th boat under the bridge this season.