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As measured by the longest main span, the Mackinac Bridge is about 19th in the world today, but the number of spans leading out to that honest one are numerous, so it traverses a lot of water, quite minimized in this foreshortened shot across part of Mackinaw City.

This unit will be rolling across for over 10 minutes.

I’m not sure what work Champion is accompanying here.

Fresh paint makes the Mighty Mac especially beautiful these days,

and that work

is ongoing, as can be seen on the northern tower.

 

I can imagine concentration is a must for this work,

tuning out whatever traffic happens on the road as well as

like Mesabi Miner, a thousand-footer shrunk by the Mac, happening beneath the road.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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So here’s the question . . . two locks, almost 3000 miles apart, Miraflores Esclusas in the Panama Canal and Poe Lock in the Soo. . . each recently traversed by a large vessel,

CSAV Suape in

the Panama, and then

Mesabi Miner in the Poe.

Question . . . without looking it up, which of the two vessels is larger . . . CSAV Suape or Mesabi Miner?

And let the record show that I would have gotten it wrong, but although their beams are the same,  Mesabi Miner is 39′ longer than CSAV Suape!  Mesabi is named for the mountain range it is involved in hauling away.

Here’s more info on the Soo.  Mesabi Miner fotos come thanks to Ken of Michigan Exposures, where more Mesabi fotos are available here and here.

Panama fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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