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It's key season at the Soo Locks

SAULT STE. MARIE -- In Sault Ste. Marie, tourists find out what floats their boats.

For most, it's watching serious machinery moving through the Soo Locks. What really floats a boat is 22 million gallons of water, which is what it takes to lift a boat through the Poe Lock, a liquid escalator between Lakes Superior and Huron.

It's a June evening at the Soo Locks, and the Earl W. Oglebay is coming from Silver Bay with a load of taconite. A camera aimed toward Lake Superior catches the 630-foot ore carrier in the distance and projects it onto a TV in the Visitors Center, where boat watchers have gathered.   more...


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