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Port Colborne Pics 2

Port Colborne is the location of MRC, the clean-up business, and right now they’ve a few years–my guess–of projects. JW Cooper goes in and out several times a day. But what I wanted to watch was the traffic, up and down bound, like Algoma Buffalo.  The previous two times —here and here–I’d seen this vessel […]

Port Colborne Pics 6

What I noticed first about Johanna G is the cranes. Never have I seen cranes that stripped of recent paint.  Maybe rust-busting is happening as we speak, but   new coating of paint –IMHO– should be applied soon.  See a photo of her possibly new and with blue/gray cranes here. As of this posting, she’s […]

Port Colborne Pics 5

I’d first assume this was a small tanker, but I was wrong.     Here’s the answer to cargo:  dry bulk cement.  In previous lifetimes, it had carried grain as well.   A hint of ghostwriting midships and to the right of “SPIRIT” shows another name or several names—Gagliarda and Ardita—were there earlier. Arriving soon […]

Port Colborne Pics 4

At this point in my life, I have a solid list of projects yet to undertake.  One of those is scratch-building a ship or boat model.  Nothing screams “build me” more than this classic laker style.  Enjoy a lot of photos here, curvaceous details to render in a model. Like the dead ship Paul H. […]

Port Colborne Pics 3

Let’s call this Fednav’s B-class . . . Federal Biscay is one of six in that class, all built in 2015 by Oshima.   She’s upbound to load, possibly grain for export.  To get a sense of her recent itineraries, click here and scroll. As a non-US/Canadian vessel, she needs to carry a pilot the […]

Port Colborne Pics 1

Besides the title, you might place this photo by the background.  It was the focus of this post from about six weeks ago. I returned to Port Colborne because I wanted to spend more time.  All vessels traveling between the upper four Lakes and Ontario/St Lawrence Seaway must traverse here.  And an alarm on Bridge […]

From the Line Locker 26

It’s been a while since I used this miscellaneous title; in fact, it appeared not at all in 2019. Montreal awards the gold-headed cane, and the Welland Canal’s Port Colborne offers a beaver fur top hat, each a recognition of a maritime first at the start of the calendar year, but the sixth boro has […]

Canal Motor Ship Project B

As William Lafferty pointed out in the previous post in this series here, Robert Barnes Fiertz was not a tanker.  I’ll have several more posts on Fiertz and her sisters including the one we now call Day-Peckinpaugh, but here we focus on a vessel launched two years later (in 1923) that builds on the same […]

Finished with Engines 2021

The year is in its last hours, and these vessels saw their last hours in this year as well.  Of course, this is a subjective list, made up of mostly photos I’ve taken over the years of sixth boro and Great Lakes vessels. This list is not definitive.  If you know of others, you might […]

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 […]