THE "SOO LOCKS"

Sault Ste Marie
Chippewa County MI


Photo above by Lucy Gridley/Contributed by Paul Petosky
It appears that large freighter is headed down
West Portage Ave. which parallels the locks.
However, it is at this point that ships downbound
from Lake Superior enter the angling canal
approach to the MacArthur Lock.

Freighter Grounded in the Locks 1914 -- Tugs to the Resuce!!




Whalebacks leaving the Weitzel Locks about 1916 -
Contributed by Paul Petosky

This postcard shows whaleback boats leaving the Weitzel lock, after having been lowered eighteen feet. These boats are now on the level of Lake Huron and are bound for lower lake ports, to unload the cargo of iron ore, which they carry.

This type of vessel is fast disappearing from the Great Lakes, they being found impractical for the purpose intended. A very few are left at the present time, the balance being in use on the ocean.





Steamer "Samuel Mather" entering Poe Lock - Postmark August 25, 1911 - Contributed by Paul Petosky


Pulling Overloaded Boat out of Poe Lock (1935)
This picture shows one of the big fellows, being hauled over the sill of the lock, by two strong pulling tugs. It requires a great deal of pulling and no little ingenuity on the part of the tug captains to work the boats out without damage to themselves or to the lock.
Contributed by Paul Petosky




The New WELCH FLEET of cruise boats in the MacArthur Lock, of the SOO LOCKS, Sault Ste. Marie, MI (1950s) Take either the BIDE-A-WEE, the HOLIDAY, or the HIAWATHA for a never-to-be-forgotten trip thru the American and Canadian Locks. These boats leave from WELCH'S DOCK, across Portage Avenue bridge, at 1155 E. Portage Avenue. (Contributed by Paul Petosky)




Lower Approach to Locks 1911

Contributed by Paul Petosky






Soo Locks Pg 1
Soo Locks Pg 2