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CB 2019 B

CB is obviously “Chicago bound.” Neither Thomas D. Witte nor Clearwater here off Mount Beacon is that, but we were. Meagan Ann headed south with used and abused cars on SMM 157 for the start of their last trip. James William pushed several loads of building materials southbound. Rebecca Ann turned around for her next trip. […]

CB 2019 O

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 […]

CB 2019 N

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 […]

CB 2019 M

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 […]

CB 2019 L

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, […]

CB 2019 K

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 […]

CB 2019 J

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 […]

CB 2019 I

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 […]

CB 2019 H

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 […]

CB 2019 G

The rosy fingers of dawn paint the eastern sky, as we prepare to meet the pilot boat off Port Weller, which means Lake Ontario is nearly behind us.  The pilot has just departed Federal Yukina via Mrs C, and and readies to join us. Summertime is the repair season for icebreakers like CCGS Pierre Radisson, […]