This painting shows a lake freighter upward bound on the St. Lawrence River. Those that are familiar with the seaway will understand the depiction. The lake freighters work on the river and Great Lakes system. They do not venture on the ocean. The rough seas would wreck havoc on the ships. For one thing, the wheel house is forward thus potentially dangerous for the crew. They don’t have the bulk of the “salties” that cross the ocean. But, both will navigate the seaway and pass each other from time to time. A word of note, the captains of these vessels are not allowed to call navigation while in the seaway. Special maritime officers called Pilots are taken to the ships via the Pilot Boat. Many times the exchange takes place while under way. The Pilot will stand atop the Pilot Boat and grab the ladder deployed for him. Once safely aboard the Pilot Boat returns to port.