The Races in On
Laker "Stewart J Cort" going through Death's Door into Green Bay from Lake Michigan as a couple kayakers try to keep up.
Laker "Stewart J Cort" was launched in 1972 in Erie, Pennsylvania. The bow and stern of the Stewart J. Cort were built in Mississippi. They were connected to each other, making it a navigable boat that allowed the two pieces to make the trip to Erie under its own power. There she was split back into two sections and a midsection was inserted. She was the first of 13 thousand footers to be built for Great Stewart J. Cort was the first Great Lakes boat over 1,000 feet longLakes service. She was 270 feet longer than any other laker on the Great Lakes at her launch. Her pilothouse, galley, and crew accommodations were at the bow of the boat, the only 1,000-footer on the Great Lakes built that way. A unique cargo unloading system was placed in her stern. It is a short shuttle that extends over the side of the boat, allowing her to discharge cargo very fast but limiting her only to docks that can accommodate it.
She was named in honor of an officer of Bethlehem Steel.
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