Historic Freighter Salutes for the First Time in Years in Sault Ste. Marie


A historic freighter’s horn had not been heard in two-and-a-half years until Saturday.

The Arthur M. Anderson has been in dry dock in Superior, Wisconsin since 2017 due to the economy

In that time, it was repaired and got a new paint job.

The Anderson made its way through the Soo Locks today and down the St.Marys River.

The ship is notable for playing a big role in Great Lakes history.

The Anderson was the last to make contact with the Edmund Fitzgerald before it sank in 1975.

Boat enthusiasts and onlookers were eager to see the freighter Saturday at Rotary Park in Sault Ste. Marie.

“We got two salutes here and there were a couple in the harbor.  Just wonderful to hear that sound.  I know there are people have driven a long way to be here today to watch the Anderson go by and that is just great to see” said Roger Lelievre, the publisher of “Know Your Ships.”

The 767 foot-long freighter is on its way to Gary, Indiana to drop off iron ore pellets.

It is expected to arrive on Sunday.