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Old Yesterday, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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*In Great Lakes terminology, there are no ships - all vessels on the lakes are referred to as boats.

Is this just a local idiosyncrasy, or is there a particular reason for it?
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Old Today, 05:38 AM
 
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Eh.

I see no point in that.

It's a song, not a documentary. While I find the boats parlance to be interesting, for mass public consumption the term would be confusing and/or odd. Poetic license is not a bad thing.
Mr. Gordon Lightfoot took heat for a few things in original ballad of Edmund Fitzgerald. Subsequently changes are made when he performs song live or since recording.

"Musty old hall in Detroit" got people riled up because the place isn't any such thing, and they let him know.
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