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Here you will find all the various types of ships on the Great Lakes of North America. Some have long since gone to the bone yard and many others are still sailing (older ones) under different names and with different Great Lakes Companies. The main types here are either straight deck bulk carriers - meaning they depend on a shore based unloading facility for means of unloading their cargo. Such as coal,grain or iron ore pellets. Many others seen here are of the self unloading variety. Meaning they have a fixed unloading belt drive system to discharge their cargo to the shore facility.