Big Ship Diary

Each year, over 100 million tons of iron ore, coal, limestone and other products travel through the Great Lakes navigation system on huge cargo ships.

Best New Artist2012 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2012 / Allison Swaim / WBEZ's Front and Center, USA

Each year, over 100 million tons of iron ore, coal, limestone and other products travel through the Great Lakes navigation system on huge cargo ships.

Producer Allison Swaim takes us on board one of these ships: the MV Calumet, where she joined seventeen crew members who call the ship home for a month at a time.

Allison Swaim won the Best New Artist Award in the 2012 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Her documentary, Big Ship Diary, was produced with editor Cecilia Vaisman for WBEZ Chicago's series Front and Center.

Listen to all nine winners of the TC/RHDF Competition, here.


produced by

Allison Swaim

Allison Swaim grew up in Salisbury, North Carolina, home of Cheerwine. She caught the radio bug during a month-long stint as reporter at Radio Victoria in rural El Salvador.


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