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Southern Challanger

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M/V Southern Challanger

This series of three shots was taken just at sunset. The M/V (motor vessel) Southern Challanger is outbound for Lake Michigan and various ports. This vessel is known as a "laker". Typically lakers have the pilothouse at the bow and the aft deck house is home to the engineers, cooks and messing areas. Between the two lie the cargo hatches. These boats are built for one thing. To haul cargo. They measure anywhere from 700 to 1000 feet in length and have a crew of around 20