Lake Ontario Ships
Standing along the shore of Lake Ontario, if you look toward the horizon you may just see the silhouettes of a few rather large ships. Ships that operate only on the Great Lakes are known as "Lakers", while ships that enter the Great Lakes through the St. Lawrence Seaway from the Atlantic Ocean are known as "Salties".
The largest of the ships are called "Bulk Carriers" because they carry loose raw materials like iron ore, limestone, grain, salt, coal, cement, gypsum or sand. The ships pick up their raw materials near where they were mined or grown and transport them to places close to manufacturers. Because of the locks (a series of gates used to raise and lower ships) on the Welland Canal, ships that wish to continue from Lake Ontario to the other Great Lakes cannot be longer than 740 ft. in length.
There are many other ships you might see on the lake. Some being tanker ships carrying liquids and gases, container ships with goods from around the world and on occasion passenger vessels carrying sightseers.
See if you can spot any of the ships pictured below on the map above.
Near the southwest corner of the lake, is the Welland canal through which ships travel to and from Lake Erie. Near the north east corner of the lake, is the St. Lawrence Seaway through which ships travel to and from the Atlantic Ocean.
IMO: 9613927; Built: 2012; Length: 740'
IMO: 9665281; Built: 2014; Length: 739' 10"
IMO: 9362152; Built 2008; Length: 472' 07"
IMO: 9442249; Built 2010; Length: 472' 07"
Cargo / Container Ships
IMO: 9139294; Built: 1997; Length: 452’ 9”
IMO: 9419280; Built: 2009; Length: 507’ 3”
IMO: 9138329; Built: 1997; Length: 472' 10"
IMO: 9412701; Built: 2010; Length: 325'
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