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Duluth Ship Canal 2

Around 1000 the other day, Walter J. McCarthy Jr. headed outbound through the Canal.   Let’s suppose she was loaded to capacity, 78,850 tons of Western coal. Again . . . 1000′ x 105′ heads out into the lake. I’m sure I heard the woman there say to her child, “Let’s wave at daddy.”   […]

Duluth Ship Canal 1

The way ships’ names work for me . . . they’re memorable!  I recalled immediately having seen Orsula upbound on the St. Lawrence 10 months ago here.   Here Orsula departed the grain docks for Montreal . . . 1344 miles and 129 hours away.  Click here for some facts for Twin Ports, the mid-continent intermodal […]

Walls of Troy and More

And let’s start with the more . . . more photos and info on previous posts.    CCGS Samuel Risley appeared here.  She’s currently approaching the Soo.  What I didn’t know when I posted a photo of her on Lake Ontario is that she was returning from her first trip to Greenland (!!), where she […]

Port Weller to Oswego

One of these days I’ll do a post on Great Lakes moods, as I’ve so far seen them.  Actually, an essay on the range of conditions might be fun… CCGS Samuel Risley, an icebreaking tug, hints at moods in months to come… Lower Lakes Towing’s Ojibway makes for Hamilton, appearing almost a cartoonish version of […]

From Round Island Passage

Round Island is an uninhabited island between the islands of Mackinac and Bois Blanc.  Big traffic passes through a relatively narrow passage between Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. Edwin H. Gott transited recently.  Gott, as I’ve read, has a self-unloader boom longer than standard. Even at 280′ the boom looks small compared with the 1000′ […]

Port of Majuro

Many years ago when I lived north of Boston, I read that the Chinese thought Salem was a county, a prominent one, because so many vessels called in Qing dynasty ports. Today one can’t not wonder what Majuro looks like, given that so many vessels have that port inscribed on their stern.  It’s the second […]

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 […]

Ice 7

Twin Cities tug North Carolina (1952)  breaking ice.  Next two photo thanks to Paul Scinocca on FB.    As I said yesterday, fresh water reacts differenttly than salt water to extreme temperatures. American Mariner in Twin Cities Ports (Duluth MN and Superior WI)  harbor on what has to be the last run of the season.  Thanks […]

12 Lights b

The answer to the question in part a of this series is  . . .   Faro San Giorgio Maggiore, “faro” meaning “light.”  And today, the winter solstice, with only 9 hours and 15 minutes of daylight in the sixth boro,  has to be the best time to do another post about lighthouses. Before we get […]

12 Lakers b

Are you still making calendars?  Here’s another set of 12 candidates, if my count is right. January could be American Integrity, a product of Sturgeon Bay, WI, 1000′ loa x 105′ and when loaded and photographed from this angle, she looks impossibly long.  Her size keeps her confined to the four upper lakes, being way […]