Northern Michigan’s 107-yr-old Great Lakes freighter St. Mary’s Challenger is under inspection for engine update or conversion to barge—It all depends on what is deemed to be most cost-effective. As the oldest freighter of the Great Lakes, fans and enthusiasts rally for historical preservation while owners stress its profitable use in the industry. Sources tell MyNorth that the pilot house, should it be detached, will be placed in either Charlevoix or Chicago. Read the article in the Chicago Tribune here.

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