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Port of Ashtabula 2

See the ice?  The chunks are out there. The Ashtabula Light had keepers until 1973, making it the last manned lighthouse on Lake Erie.  People staffing the light did not always have a comfortable existence:  in 1927 it was struck by a ship, and a year later, two keepers had to chip their way through […]

Port of Ashtabula 1

“one of the toughest ports in the world, sharing that distinction with Shanghai and Calcutta . . .”  I believe that’s “tough” as quantified in black eyes, missing teeth, and blood spat out onto the gravel.  I wonder who had the breadth of experience to render this judgement.  Why would such ports as Rio, Murmansk, […]

MB 2019 C

Crossing in front of Saginaw Bay, it was Federal Ruhr and CSL St. Laurent . . . with its Seakeeper artwork on the superstructure. Barge Ashtabula is pushed by tug Defiance. Then it’s Happy River and (I believe) Saginaw. All photos by Will Van Dorp.   x x

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 […]

Freshwater Tugs 8

I’m back near the sixth boro now and have photos for at least through early October, at which time I leave on another gallivant. So here’s step one in catching up.  Up the meandering Cuyahoga, here are Iowa (1915) and Oklahoma (1913);  these boats were built to work and last.   The vintage GL tugs may […]