CHICAGO (CBS) — Ask any Chicago-bred baby boomer to name a freighter that traversed the Chicago River in the past 50 years, and you will probably be told, “the Medusa Challenger.”
WBBM Newsradio has learned exclusively that time may be running out on the venerable cement hauler.
Back in the day, between 1968 and 1979, the ship was infamous for tying up downtown traffic. She was so long that three bridges at minimum had to be raised at once, and the fit was so tight that her passage often left bridges out of joint on her trips between Charlevoix, Mich., and Goose Island.
Problems were so frequent that the Chicago Tribune once published an article when no bridge leafs became stuck.