The Lake Erie shipping season is steaming ahead, despite the sometimes troubled economic waters of late. We can see the freighters along the lake horizon, but we don't often see, or hear from, the people who work these big boats from spring to fall. Imagine spending all those months away from home and family and friends. That's something that 92-year-old Harry Anderson did for 47 years, working his way up to the rank of Captain of vessels like the William G. Mather, which is now a floating museum, docked along the East 9th street pier. Captain Anderson says he took his first boat ride as a 10-year-old, coming with his family to the United States from their native Sweden.
Sheila Clogg is spending this shipping season aboard a vessel known as the Buckeye. The boat that both Sheila and Captain Harry Anderson have shared is the William G. Mather, now a floating museum, docked along 9th street pier, opposite the Rock Hall.