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This does not look like a highway scene, yet
it IS the stretch of Route 10 that will get you the best fuel economy and can accommodate quite oversized loads
whether they come from Manitowoc or Chengxi or
anywhere else, Badger can move backward
driven from here or
forward . . .
to get you there. It has for a long time, and we hope will continue that role.
This last foto from the Badger onboard museum. All others by Will Van Dorp, who will continue along Route 10 today. More Badger soon. Click here to learn more about the imminent threat to the ferry.
Chain link fence topped by accordion razor wire coils stand exposed only after a solid steel door is raised and an even heavier drawbridge lowered . . . what is this?
Unrelated . . . Grande Marocco left not quite a week ago for . . . Dakar. With all those cars up on the top splash deck (monkey deck??), I’m left wondering . . among other things . .
I’m wondering what Grimaldi ships to places like Cotonou and Banjul in West Africa.
Graphics on ships . . . if Charles Fazzino has been designated official artist of OpSail NY 2012, I wonder if we can expect designs like these on tall ships in less than a month . .. How did he get chosen? By whom? To what end? Who else was considered?
And one more from the north coast by Michigan Exposures . . . who might be planning a foray into the sixth boro . . . it’s Arthur M. Anderson. If Titanic had its Carpathia, then Edmund Fitzgerald had its Arthur . . . unfortunately too late. I love the mild-dazzle paint on these vessels. Arthur is a product of the American Ship Building Company yard in Lorain, OH . . . another manufacturing center transformed into . . housing. If you don’t know the Lightfoot Fitzgerald song, here’s the link. Otherwise, check out this supremely moody foto of a laker.
Here was RS 18.
Let’s start with two fotos from Ken on the North Coast. In fact, this first foto shows American Spirit on the legendary Whitefish Bay. Note all the wind turbines on the distant ridge. The 1000+ footer was built in Ohio and operated by American Steamship Company of greater Buffalo, NY.
Here the Wisconsin-built John G. Munson enters the Soo Locks, at the southeast corner of Whitefish Bay. No visitors to the sixth boro have quite these hull designs, which border on neo-razzledazzle a la bowsprite.
or NYK Demeter, Ulsan 2008, stopping in NYC once every few months on its trans-Panama shuttle between eastern US and China;
or Korean-built MSC Emma . . . operating between eastern US and
eastern South American ports, although registered in the Marshall Islands. In the shot about, it’s Moran’s Laura K near Emma‘s stern and Barney Turecamo,passing to port.
One more . . . Korean-built sixteen years ago . . . it’s another Panama Canal-frequenter APL Spinel, here escorted in by Louisiana-built Amy C. McAllister.
Top two fotos thanks to Ken of Michigan Exposures; all others by Will Van Dorp.
Whatzit??? Answer follows.
Note what’s on the deck of USCGC Mackinaw WLLB-30, built in Wisconsin and homeported in Cheboygan, MI. Foto thanks to Kyran Clune.
Last shot . . again, no government boat is this, but exactly a year ago today, Papillon came ashore . . . prompting many hours of visitation of government employees . . . if not boats. Here and here are two of my posts; go back to the April 201 archives for many more. Ironically, I have never been able to find out what became of the vessel.
Happy April! Again thanks to Kyran for his Lake Michigan foto. All others by Will Van Dorp.
I’ll get to more of the Louisiana and Panama fotos once I “deglitch” something, so thanks to these shots from Isaac Pennock of tugboathunter we can head north.
Do you recognize this shade of blue?
And it’s huge. How huge?
Here’s a video from more than a year ago showing Boothe first in the water. It only gets somewhat more exciting than watching ice melt (like watching paint dry or grass grow) after 3:40 . . .
Many thanks to Isaac for these shots.
Unlike the case in saltwater vessels, Great Lakes ships like Herbert C. Jackson and M. V. Algolake tie up for the winter; maintenance happens, but no cargo gets moved. Re-opening of the Soo Locks is about three weeks away . . . March 25.
The sixth boro has been virtually snowless this winter; not so, though, areas along the North Coast. Alice E (1950) hibernates in Benton Harbor.
Although rough as the Great Lakes can be, there was no ice on the St. Joseph pier when Ken took this foto.
I like collaboration. Number nine was a week and a half ago, but I do appreciate fotos like the ones here.
Ken of Michigan Exposures took this one up in Bay City, MI, a hundred plus miles northwest of Detroit. Any guesses on the vintage of this attractive tug . . .55′ loa x 12′ ? Answer follows.
Staying with vintage Great Lakes tugs, this foto comes from Jason LaDue, who recently sent these fotos from upstate. The foto below was taken in Oswego, NY, in late 1998. Three tugs had been sold south by Great Lakes Towing. The tugs below are from RIGHT to left, Gull (1952 ex-Jennifer George, Galway Bay, Oregon), Sea Tractor (1951 ex-Messenger, Patricia Hoey, New Hampshire) and the one I’ve called Grouper, whose entire saga you can find by using the blog search window to the left. Gull and Sea Tractor were both built in Louisiana at Alexander Shipyards.
At this point these fotos were taken in December 1998, all three tugs were headed south, but Grouper has never left the Erie Canal yet . . . in the past 13 years. Did anyone catch Gull and Sea Tractor coming through the sixth boro in early 1999?
Here’s Gull working the icy Great Lakes as Gaelic’s Galway Bay, and
And Sea Tractor (then called Shark) was reefed a year and a half ago near Miami’s Haulover Artificial Reef site in September 2010. I’d LOVE to see fotos of her in her last years, maybe even of the scuttling. Anyone help? Here’s a poor quality foto of Shark being hauled out to be reefed in 255′ of water.
No news currently on Grouper in Lyons, NY, but I wish the restoration of the 100-year old tug success.
Thanks much to Jason and Ken for these fotos.
Jill Marie, 121 years old!! Built 1891.
Harold Tartell and Jan van der Doe were 100% correct in their identification of the white-striped red self-unloading vessel in Road Fotos 11. It is the Arthur M. Anderson. I didn’t get to see it close up, but through the magic of YouTube, it’s rubbing-or-scrapping distance here. At about a minute into the video, you learn how the can be that close.
One of the joys of gallivanting is meeting new folks; this was especially true here. One person on this waterfront had a focus I recognized; he carried a zoom camera and looked at the same things I did. Seeing me take a foto of Arthur M. Anderson, he said its name (which I’d not been thinking of). Then he added, “And farther down there, it’s American Integrity.” Check out Ken’s blog here. Here are some highlights of Ken’s blog: American Century, the Westcott delivering mail to a passing vessel, Stephen B. Roman, a 1000-footer dwarfed by “big mac“, and check this one . . . the Huron Lightship . . . which I spotted from the Blue Water Bridge but couldn’t quite figure out. When I have more time, I plan to digest Ken’s archives, now added to my blog roll.
My zoom camera quit as this vessel approached, frustrating because I’d recognized the Algoma bear logo. And I’d assumed it was a bulk carrier too, as I thought that was Algoma’s only business, but Algosar is a tanker. See her history here.
Just south of the Ambassador Bridge, Dutch-flagged Moezelborg transfers cargo near the now-abandoned Boblo Island Detroit dock building. Boblo lives on but only in the way that this whole list of defunct amusement parks does. When Moezelborg left the international port of Detroit, she headed north, west, and south for the next international port of Chicago.
Here’s another shot of the two steamers that served Boblo Island, SS Columbia and SS Ste Claire. I wanted to get better shots but even as I got this–along with my anonymous partner–we were threatened with arrest for trespassing, which I firmly believe we were NOT doing. Here and here are more links for Ste Claire. The second one is a video of a tour of Ste Claire, interesting video but unfortunate audio.
I have returned to the sixth boro, but part of my heart got left behind in Detroit, a place of both rust and new molten steel.
Here, fun but otherwise a propos of nothing except a post on the official end-of-hurricane-season, check out “bone in its teeth” blog.
Allen Baker has worked on four of the five Great Lakes in recent weeks and shares the next four fotos. Massachusetts has that low, upswept “laker look” that reminds me of Grouper, which I’ve not received updates on. Any guesses on location of the shot and launch date of Massachusetts?
For launch date, you were right if you said . . . 1928! She’s 79′ x 20′ x 12′ and operates with Great Lakes Towing. And then there’s Manistee, delivered in May 1943 to Reiss Steamship Company. Since then, her original triple expansion
steam power plant was replaced by a slightly-more powerful 2950 hp diesel engine and equipped with a 250′ self-unloader. By the way, Reiss once owned Grouper, also.
Like most lakers, Manistee is long and narrow (621′ x 60′ x 35′), with a bluff bow, maximizing cargo space, and a wheel house forward with a stern “island” over the power plant. The oldest laker operating on the “big lakes” is St. Marys Challenger, still hauling bulker cargo since its launch in February 1906!! It still uses a Skinner Uniflow 3500 hp steam engine.
I took the next two fotos in Muskegon, MI, in June 2008, where Paul H. Townsend has been idled since 2005. A fascinating detail about Townsend is its conversion: built in Wilmington, CA in 1945, it was lengthened from 339′ x 50′ to 447′ x 50′ in 1952 . . . in Hoboken, NJ. The wheelhouse was moved forward in a separate modification in 1958 on Lake Erie. If you click on the link above, you’ll find before/after fotos.
When last sailing, she hauled gypsum or cement, now more frequently carried on barges pushed by the likes of Samuel de Champlain. Notice the same fleet colors. In this 2008 post, notice the second vessel (in a Lake Ontario port) down in the same colors as Townsend.
A “laker” moved into the sixth boro in the summer of 2005. Ocean and Coastal Consultants and Bayshore Recycling use Valgocen (ex-Algocen) in the dredged materials decontamination process (See p. 2 in this newsletter.). Valgocen currently lives along the Raritan River,
startling me every time I notice it. A laker . . . in an estuary. But there it is was, repurposed. The foto below–as the one above– shows it in the St. Lawrence on its way to the sixth boro towed by tugs from Atlantic Towing Limited. See important update at the end of this post.
Thanks to Allen Baker for the first four fotos, and to Kent Malo for the last two.
Unrelated . .. I’ve been reading DieselDuck’s archives, not homing in on any particular post, just enjoying the sweep of their focus. Check them out here.
UPDATE: Jeff’s comment got me looking and –sure enough–Valgocen is no more, having reborn as J W Shelley, back at work on the Great Lakes, as of this writing between Montreal and Lake Erie. Thanks, Jeff.