Thursday, September 16, 2010

Big Ed----Edwin H Gott

I recently spoke with a frequent visitor to this site. James, who is a retired fireman living in Maryland, loves to watch the big boats, but, because of a disability, may never get a chance to actually see a big laker up close. So, James, this video of the Edwin H. Gott, one of the biggest and most powerful boats on the lake, was taken on 9/16/2010 for you. Hope you and others enjoy the view. -- Dennis
Edwin H. Gott is one of thirteen 1000 foot vessels sailing the Great Lakes. She was the eighth super carrier to enter service during a ten year building program from 1971 to 1981. Gott is a product of Bay Shipbuilding and was launched on July 19, 1978. From 1979 to 1995, Edwin H. Gott exclusively carried taconite loaded in Duluth, Silver Bay, and Two Harbors. Two Harbors was her main loading port, and Gary became her principal unloading port because of her original self-unloader design. She was built with a short "shuttle" boom different from a traditional, long tubular boom. Her shuttle boom could move only 52 feet laterally over her side to discharge taconite into a hopper positioned close to dockside. Gary is one port with this feature along with Conneaut, Ohio, which became her secondary unloading.
The commissioning of the Gott and her 1000 foot near-sister, Edgar B. Speer, built in 1980 at Lorain, changed the USS Great Lakes Fleet. Before the Gott and Speer, USS Great Lakes Fleet had a large fleet of smaller, traditional straight-deck lakers supplying their steel mills. Together, the Gott and Speer represent over 120,000 tons of capacity. This added capacity meant the retirement of the fleet's smaller lakers. During the 1980's, these older lakers were moved one-by-one to scrap yards. Other Great Lakes fleets followed the same trend. Edwin H. Gott, on the other hand, should ply the lakes well into the century.
Vessel Statistics
Length 1004'
Beam 105'
Depth 52'
Capacity 74,100 ton
Horsepower diesel engine 19,500 (largest on the lakes)

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