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  • Capt. Ed Montgomery

    The ‘Jackson is one of the few ‘Lakers that haul a variety of cargos. While she transports primarily ore pellets, coal, limestone and other mineral cargos, it’s not unusual to see her at General Mills or Harvest States elevators. There, she loads wheat or other grain products destined for the Eastern Great Lake’s ports. A workhorse, indeed! She was built by the venerable Defoe Shipbuilding Company, who developed several ‘firsts’ in commercial boat & ship building. During WWII they invented building a vessel upside down, within a cradle. This speeded up the construction time considerably and made higher quality welds. When it was ready for engines, cabins and machinery, they rollled it over and finished the ships at a clip of one a week — so fast, the engine companies had a hard time keeping up! Probably the most famous among the craft Defoe built, was a 92 foot yacht for Montgomery Ward Chairman Sewell L. Avery. He named it after his young daughter, Lenore, who died at the age of four. After a short stint in the U.S. Coast Guard, the classic boat served as the Presedential yacht for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. Sold at the Kennedy Memorbilia Auction in 1998, she is rumored to still be serving the private buyer who paid over $5,000,000.00 for the boat, which is said to still have the Kennedy name of “Honey Fitz” emblazoned on the transom in gold leaf.

  • Jim Bates

    There is just something about this ship. My wife and I go freighter watching in Port Huron and Sarnia and she always seems to be there. Rain, sleet, snow, floating ice…doesn’t matter, there goes the Herbert C. Jackson. What a workhorse!