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  •  Well shux...I'll update to remove the 6th... (2+ / 0-)
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    leevank, SadieSue

    thanks for the cross reference!

    •  I assume your #6 was based on the Wikipedia list (2+ / 0-)
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      Muskegon Critic, SadieSue

      It's old, and since it links to a broken link, who knows whether it was ever accurate.  Although I think a factor in the change was that bulkers are getting progressively bigger, and only pretty small ones are able to get through the St. Lawrence Seaway.  Most of them these days are too big to make it through the Panama Canal, much less the St. Lawrence Seaway.  On a regular basis, we have bulkers loaded with coal leaving the Port of Baltimore headed to the Far East via the Cape of Good Hope because they're too big to make it through the Panama Canal, even though it's a MUCH longer trip that way.  The Suez Canal, which permits bigger vessels than the Panama Canal, would be an alternative for some of them, but exposes ships as slow as loaded bulkers to an extraordinary risk of attack by pirates.

      Bin Laden is dead. GM and Chrysler are alive.

      by leevank on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 08:26:14 AM PST

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      •  Yep, I used wiki to crossreference my rusty memory (1+ / 0-)
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        of a book I read which i won't mention because I don't want to implicate it as having wrong information. I probably just remembered poorly.

        Muskegon is also a port-town, though certainly not on the scale of Duluth. This year we've been getting quite a few salties in Muskegon Lake importing wind turbine blades, and exporting wind turbine blade molds.

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