Two boats, two whistles: Algolake and Callaway

Late afternoon on October 21, 2011, the Algolake departed with iron ore pellets and shortly after she went under, the Cason J. Callaway departed on the same lift. Listen to each salute the bridge: first the Algolake and then the Callaway


  1. Tom Malmros says:

    I sailed on the Cason J. Callaway in my youth. Listening to the salute brought back many fond memories. Good time in life. I am now 76 years old an still love to hear the horn and visit the lakes. When I sailed we did not have the communcations that they use nowdays. Therefore the horn was a way of identifying each ship as they passed. Each ship knew tho other companies salute.
    Tom Malmros

  2. You can still see some for the damage on the bow from when the Callaway ‘bumped into’ the Indiana Harbor. They should have her all cleaned up by the next season and maybe a new coat of paint as well.

  3. The captain of the Calloway simply did the formal “captain’s salute”, while the Algolake did the much more common abbreviated one. Its always a special treat to hear the full one when we are there! But as far as I know, they mean the exact same thing.

  4. Why are the salutes different?

    I have forgotten what all the different whistles mean.

    I lived in St Clair as a little kid before radios when salutes was all they had. Except for Anna Moore with her horn. The sound of those whistles still makes hair go up on back of neck.

  5. Thanks Ken! I was there to see them both in person!! Love these horns!

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