15 vintage photos of freighters chugging along the shores of Michigan

Anyone who has spent time on Michigan's waterways knows that freighters are very common. Here are 15 vintage photos of freighters chugging along the shores of Michigan.

All photos from the Wayne State Virtual Library.

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Freighters on the River Rouge in 1936.
Freighters on the River Rouge in 1936.
A view of the River Rouge from I-75 in 1936.
A view of the River Rouge from I-75 in 1936.
The River Rouge in 1936
The River Rouge in 1936
Freighters in the winter of 1937 on White Fish Bay on Lake Superior.
Freighters in the winter of 1937 on White Fish Bay on Lake Superior.
Freighters on Lake Superior in 1937.
Freighters on Lake Superior in 1937.
Freighters on Lake Superior in 1937
Freighters on Lake Superior in 1937
Lake Superior, 1937.
Lake Superior, 1937.
It was cold as hell in 1937.
It was cold as hell in 1937.
A freighter in 1929 on the Detroit River.
A freighter in 1929 on the Detroit River.
A view of a freighter from the Ambassador Bridge in 1937.
A view of a freighter from the Ambassador Bridge in 1937.