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Random Ships Along the St. Lawrence 3

Again . . . on the run, chasing food like the finned one in the foreground, Federal Asahi heads down bound chasing who knows what. Maria exits the Saguenay River where she discharged a load of bauxite.     And Insignia, later to be speeding downriver at 21 kts, overtakes us at the last bridges […]

Random Ships Along the St. Lawrence 1

It’s time to start a new series . . . with BBC Leda. Will cargoes of wind turbine parts ever stop?  What will replace them as the next big thing? This winter–or when I stay in place for a while–I might figure out how many of these Trillium class CSL boats I’ve seen.   I’ve […]

MB 2019 D

This post covers the St. Clair River (in the wee hours) and down to Detroit.  If it seems that it’s just a chronological series of photos of the voyage, well . . . yes, that’s what it is, and what’s wrong with that. Can you identify the vessel that we passed between 0415 and 0430? […]

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 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, […]

Summer Sail 3

Here are previous installments in the series.  Summer sail can take the form of foil-raised GP racing as will happen in the sixth boro this weekend;  it can also happen on longer courses and require stamina and endurance as happens in some races ending in Mackinac. All the photos in this post come from Jeff […]

Far-flung 2

Never did I think a report from a federal judge of United States District Court, Northern District, New York dated January 31, 1955, would make such an interesting read.  It  emerges from two separate but related incidents that occurred in the port of Albany in late September 1953.  One of the companies involved still works […]

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 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 […]

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 […]