The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Sault Star (Sault Sainte Marie, MI), January 2, 1968

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Long ships leave St. Mary's River until Spring.

The longest shipping season in this area since the end of the Second World War came to an end Sunday.

As the motor Vessel Yankcanuck, flagship of Yankcanuck Steamships Limited of the Sault locked through the MacArthur lock at 3:41 p.m. Sunday, the 1967 shipping season at the Sault locks came to an end.

The Yankcanuck carried a load of steel from Algoma Steel Corporation, bound for Detroit-Windsor area. She will return to a winter berth here once her cargo is delivered.

A spokesman for the United States Corps of Engineers, the body in charge of the three American locks, said Sunday the MacArthur lock, the only one still open, would be closed this morning.

The three American and one Canadian Locks at the Sault normally close in mid-December but a request from the Lake Carriers Association resulted in an extension of two weeks.

The Yankcanuck's passage through the lock made one Sault resident $1,000 richer.

Robert J. Lougheed of 40 Labelle Street was the holder of a ticket in Downtown Kiwanis Club's marine contest bearing the exact time of the ship's passage through the locks.

Mr. Lougheed was informed by Jim Kelleher, president of the club, of his good fortune shortly after the ship had passed through the lock.

Mr. Lougheed had purchased the ticket several months ago from a fellow worker in the purchasing department of Algoma Steel and had left his ticket at work so was not immediately aware that he had won the prize.

His reaction when Mr. Kelleher called him was that someone was playing a trick on him. He still seemed a little skeptical when contacted by The Star an asked what he planned to do with the money.

"Heavens, I don't know," he said. "I don't even have it yet. I'll wait til I get it before I make any plans."

Mr. Lougheed is 43 and is married but has no children. He and his wife came to the Sault from Manitoulin Island in 1947.

He buys a marine ticket every year but the most he ever won before is $5 or $10 in a hockey pool.

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Sault Star (Sault Sainte Marie, MI), January 2, 1968