The term Seawaymax refers to vessels which are the maximum size that can fit through the
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of the
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, linking the inland Great Lakes of North America with the Atlantic Ocean. Seawaymax vessels are in length, wide, and have a draft of and a height above the waterline of . A number of
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s larger than this size cruise the
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Great Lakes
and cannot pass through to the . The size of the locks limits the size of the ships which can pass and so limits the size of the cargoes they can carry. The record tonnage for one vessel on the Seaway is 28,502 tons of iron ore while the record through the larger locks of the
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is 72,351 tons. Most new lake vessels, however, are constructed to the Seawaymax limit to enhance versatility by allowing the possibility of off-Lakes use.

See also

* Canso Canal, a Seawaymax passage in Nova Scotia * SS ''Edmund Fitzgerald'', the first ship constructed close to Seawaymax size


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Ship sizes
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