CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s appearing more and more likely that the end is at hand for the Great Lakes’ oldest freighter, a ship with a unique tie to Chicago.
Bay Shipbuilders is referring all calls on the future of the ship once known as the Medusa Challenger to its owner, Port Cities Steamship Services, of Muskegon, Mich. Port Cities has not returned WBBM’s calls.
The Door County Advocate newspaper is reporting that Port Cities has awarded Bay a contract to transform the 107-year-old ship, now known as the St. Marys Challenger, into an un-engined barge. The Advocate said its future is as an articulated tug barge that would be pushed by a tug in the future.