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CB, you might recall, is “Chicago bound,” and we have now arrived, lingered, and turned back.  In a few days, another series will start, keyed to that journey.

Below . . .I guess we could have a contest to “name that boat or situation below.”

Then there’s Jim Ratcliffe‘s Hamilton I . . . 17 crew for 12 passengers and the smaller of his yachts.

Summer is winding down also, so this post is mostly devoted to recreational boats.  Sweet Evelyn offers an interesting niche not occupied in NYC.

Skyline Queen gets the prize for unusual paint job.

The small USCG boats train throwing a monkey’s fist.

A charming Chris Craft Sea Skiff comes and

goes.

Kayaks go out to surround Big Eagle, 

and Lacey Kay heads down bound from Detroit.

Happy Labor Day weekend if you’re not laboring.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Here are the previous posts.

And let’s start with unnamed tug, left where the bushes might overwhelm her.

Susie Q, on the other hand, seems to get lots of love. The other day it was docked near the Rogers Street Fishing Village, a piece of Two Rivers on the National Register of Historic Places. More on Rogers Street tomorrow.

 

Closer to the Lake, I saw Iown and Jamie Ark.

And going down the line, it’s the 1937 Bossler Bros,

Avis-J, and

Peter Paul.

Nothing says old-time Great Lakes more than fish tugs.  For the definitive guide, click here.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Many thanks to Denis O’Callahan for all these photos from up the Manitowoc River.

This RV Spencer F. Baird was launched in 2006.

Anyone know how long she’ll be out of the water?  She replaced the MV Togue.

Also out of the water was the 1937 Dauntless.

 

 

Also from 1937 AND from Burger Boat, it’s J B Nelson.

 

Again, many thanks to Denis for taking these photos.

 

 

Anna May is not anime, not matter how much they sound alike.  She’s a cargo boat, sometimes carrying horses over to Mackinac Island. Here she is at the St Ignace dock.

And the 906 Express . . . she’s AF’s

landing craft mail boat, Mackinac Island’s version of the supply boat Ojibway or the mail boat Westcott, aka zip code 48222.

Laura Ann is one of the fish tugs bringing in wild catch for Massey Fish.

 

Farther west and over by Grays Reef, some sort of research boat is at work.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who in real time is hours away from getting back in these waters down bound from Chicago by the time this posts.

 

 

Welcome to a series from around the Straits of Mackinac.

This vessel or vessels?

The nearer boat is American Mariner, and the farther, John J. Boland, both built in Sturgeon Bay WI.

 

Call this boogie boarding beneath the big bridge . . .

 

West of the Strait, we pass the unique Steward J Cort, once known as Stubby.

 

Is this mobile wheeled crane the hatch remover?

As we passed White Shoal Light, I lined up with Waugoshance in the distance, and then noticed

the tender, covered with a green tarp.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Daybreak finds the storms past and we continue the long haul up Lake Huron.

Olive L. Moore passes with Menominee.  Moore . . . the hull . . . was launched 91 years ago!

Samuel de Champlain pushes Innovation into Alpena, MI.  As is true of many Great Lakes vessels, tug Champlain has had a varied career that started in salt water.

Joyce L. VanEnkvort and her barge Great Lakes Trader have spent their entire lives on the Lakes.

Seeing the venerable Alpena is always a thrill, and although she’s quite distant here, IMHO the photo looks to have been taken decades ago.

As seen through the busy traffic of Mackinac Island,

Fuldaborg makes for DeTour Passage and Duluth.

Presque Isle pushing barge by the same name is another one of my favorites.

 

And let’s close it out with Edgar B. Speer . . .

heading for a load in Two Harbors.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Gott passed just south of Detroit, so let’s pick up the journey there.

On their way to Tall Ships Erie, Niagara above and Denis Sullivan below down bound under bare poles.

At a steel plant, Herbert C. Jackson offloads coal.

CSL Baie Comeau heads down bound.

Bushey tug transplanted to fresh waters, it’s Cheyenne reinventing herself.

Passing us near midtown, it’s the many-times reinvented  Lee A. Tregurtha,

sailing into a storm.

We’d not even gotten into Lake St Clair when the storm caught up with us . . . and this dinner boat heading south.

All photos by Will Van dorp.

Gott‘s been here often enough, but with these pics, I’ll devote a whole post to this “footer.”

Given the photo above, you might not suspect you’re looking at the front of a vessel 1004′ loa with the capacity of 74,000 tons.  And from boatnerd, source of all my info, Gott is powered by 19,5000 hp, the most powerful boat on the Lakes.

 

 

 

A beauty she is, IMHO.

Above Bois Blanc, Gott proceeds over to the Livingstone Channel, as we exit the Amherstburg Channel.  For a USGS report on this traffic separation scheme, click here.

Down and over, she heads for Nanticoke.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Sam Laud came into the Cuyahoga just as I was about to go on . . . but I did get some pics.

This gull surveyed the maneuvers.

 

 

Tell-tale red dust covers the hull.

Note the small motorboat between the two ships . . . at Sam‘s bow, and

the crew boats racing through as soon as they could.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Today’s post takes us from Port Colborne to Cleveland.

I’ll do another post about the MRC yard later.  You can click here to see what these two looked like last year.

Algorail is nearly gone and work has already begun on Algoway.

At the Buffalo breakwater, Kathy Lynn was standing by with barge to receive concrete rubble, I think.

NACC Argonaut departs the Buffalo River for Bath, ON.

Manitoulin heads west.

Paul L. Luedtke tows scow #70. Is that Ashtabula in the background?

GL Cleveland assists barge Delaware out of the Cuyahoga…

until Calusa Coast clears the RR bridge and Cleveland returns to the barn.

 

 

All photos Will Van Dorp

 

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