Hmm...that picture seems to have gotten away from me a little.
That's the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth and has been around forever. It even used to be a shuttle bridge.
I like Jason's idea as well. I guess I never considered that a person could actually find a forklift in a junkyard. That might be just the ticket really. A pump powered by an electric motor would not be difficult to rig up. The only issue might be synchronizing the two different lifts to work in conjunction with each other, especially under an unbalanced load, but the only way to find out if that would be an issue would be to try it I guess.
About the ship...
That's the Edgar B. Speer, a member of the Great Lakes Fleet of U.S.S. Corp. The only cargo it hauls would be the taconite pellets produced by the mines up here in my neck of the woods that feed the steel mills out east.
Diesel engine horsepower-19,600
Yep, even as the self unloading thousand footers go that thing is a big 'un. Any bigger and it wouldn't make it through the locks. As it is that boat (remember...it's in a lake so it's not a ship) will never be able to leave the Great Lakes.