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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 […]

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 […]

12 Salties

I’d put Orsula down as saltie, an ocean-going vessel of dimensions that allow her to travel deep freshwater inland, here a few days after the longest day of 2017 as far inland as Duluth; that’s 2000 miles from the Ocean.  In fact, here she’s headed for Europe, likely with a cargo of grain.  Last year, […]

Random Ships *7

Back to the Great Coast . . .  BBC Elbe has since I took this photo gone to Duluth, and then headed back out toward the Gulf of St Lawrence. Kaye E. Barker approaches and recedes, an illusion of her usual self played by the magic of Huron. At sunrise it’s an upbound G3 Marquis, […]

Alpena

Alpena was my elusive ship, and then  . . . just like that . . . on her voyage out from Alpena MI, there she was. She’s the last of her class, working since 1942, lugging cement products around all five Great Lakes. She’s a beauty. Maybe if I study these photos long enough, I’ll […]

Random Ships *6

Off in the distance, I believe those lights are Greys Reef and Skillagalee . . . and the ship is another 1000-footer named for an Indiana port.  Maybe it’s the time of day, but I think I see the iron ore dust on the white paint. Getting back to my invented  TTT unit (twenty-ton trailer), […]

Random Tugs 207

This no-nonsense machine . . . I can show you but tell you nothing about.  I don’t know. Nearby,  Haskell was built  in 1936, but that’s all I know. The photos above I took in Holland MI, and the rest  . . . in Sturgeon Bay, WI  Chas. Asher dates from 1967, and I know […]