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The St. Marys Challenger sails on the Calumet River in Chicago. (Credit: Bob Roberts)

Great Lakes’ Oldest Freighter Likely To Be Transformed Into Barge

A Wisconsin shipbuilding company reportedly has been awarded a contract to transform 107-year-old ship into an un-engined barge.

10/31/2013

The St. Marys Challenger sails on the Calumet River in Chicago. (Credit: Bob Roberts)

St. Marys Challenger Makes Possible Final Voyage To Chicago

The St. Marys Challenger, better known to Chicagoans of the Baby Boomer generation as the Medusa Challenger, arrived shortly after 4 p.m. Monday, loaded with powdered cement loaded in Charlevoix, Mich.

10/29/2013

The St. Marys Challenger navigates the Chicago River. (Credit: Facebook)

Monster Freighter St. Marys Challenger Could Be Converted To Barge

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–10/24/2013