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Soo Locks Opens for the Season, First Freighter Passes Through

First Freighter Vo 6.transfer

After a 10 week shut down for annual winter maintenance, the Soo Locks will open up for the season again on Wednesday.

The Locks officially open at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, but the first freighter made its way into the Sault Ste Marie area around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The H. Lee White will have the honor to start the shipping season.

Boat nerds like Joy Fett gathered at a safe distance at Rotary Park to watch The White pass by.

“It’s just a big camaraderie for everybody coming together to support the shipping industry, to support the guys out there.  It’s a fascination of the big giants that are out there sailing today and keeping America going,” Fett said.

Some bad news though: if you wanted to see the freighter go through the locks, the Soo Locks Park is closed to visitors until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.