Visnews filmed Apr 29 the first ship to reach the new deep water port Milwaukee on Lake Michigan's West bank - an historic maritime event opening the U.
Visnews filmed Apr 29 the first ship to reach the new deep water port Milwaukee on Lake Michigan's West bank - an historic maritime event opening the U.S. Mid-West to world shipping.
The ship: the 1000 - Dutch freighter Johan William Frisco. She was greeted by enthusiastic residents of Wisconsin's greatest city; fireboats, jet planes paid tribute to the Dutchman - harbinger of future trade with the Seven Seas. Next day, the Frisco berthed at Chicago thus making it too an ocean-port.
An American ship following the Frisco to Milwaukee dented two hull plates, scraped its side in one of the Seaway's locks. The Frisco had no trouble. Canadian Seaway officials said afterwards that captains will have to learn how to operate when using it. They made no mention whether the American ship, the freighter Santa Regina, was racing the Dutchman for the honour of ending the decades of hope and disappointment of Milwaukee to become a deep-draft ocean port.
In London, underwriters announced ships using the Seaway will have to pay higher insurance premiums. Insurers regarded the Seaway at the moment as a novel risk but as ocean-going ships became used to the intricacies of the canal and locks, insurance rates might be reduced.