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Old 12-02-2013, 12:03 PM
 
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Default W.P.SNYDER to be Converted into a Barge!

Yes, that is correct; the 1906 built Str. ST. MARY'S CHALLENGER first named as the W.P.SNYDER (sans the Jr) will be cut down into a barge this winter. Most of us have probably not seen this SNYDER though, as her trade has been carrying cement across Lake Michigan. Her Skinner Uniflow engine rolled over for the final time last month.

With the ST. MARY'S CHALLENGER being converted to a barge the only commercial steamboats operating on the Great Lakes with reciprocating machinery will be the car ferry BADGER and Toronto's side wheel ferry TERILLIUM. Thankfully, there still does remain numerous lakers with steam turbines providing the propulsion, and hopefully the CHALLEENGER's machinery will be preserved some how in a museum.

Now, I could be wrong, but I suspect that when the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE blows her first departure whistle of the 2014 season that she will be the oldest vessel trading in the American Merchant Marine. Let's all hope that is for a long time at that!
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