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Freshwater Ice 2

I started this series yesterday to complement the Clyde S VanEnkvort article.  Without the crewman below, you might have difficulty identifying what this shows. It’s the bow of Erie Trader after a night on Lake Superior. The photo below shows the location from which I shot the photo above.  Note how calm the cold waters […]

Freshwater Ice 1

Almost exactly a year ago, I did a saltwater ice post here, and I’ve done related ones here. So since the article I wrote last year about a huge ore-carrying Great Lakes ATB is out and you can read it here, how about some photos that didn’t make it into the publication. Above and below, […]

Freshwater Tugs 11: New Beginnings

Here’s what GL tugs have looked like for a century, and many of them are still working, despite their age, as you can see here by clicking on the state names.  The tug below is Nebraska, launched in 1929.  Grouper–frequently mentioned on this blog–has the same basic design. A new beginning took place yesterday in […]

Freshwater Tugs 10

In an icy corner of the Soo, it’s Indiana, launched in 1926 and still on the roster. Over at the Algoma Steel plant, it’s Leonard M, and nearby, it’s Sharon M I. This isn’t a great photo, but it shows both McKeil Marine tugs at the steel plant. Farther around the lake in Two Harbors, […]

Freshwater Tugs 9

Here are the previous 8 installments. We’ll start just north of Belle Isle and move north for these. From l to r, it’s Kimberly Anne and Andrew J, both sailing for Dean Marine & Excavating.   Near Sarnia and in front of the refinery that creates its product, McAsphalt Transportation’s Everlast lies at the dock. […]

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 […]

Freshwater Tugs 7

Contining here, I am, from Detroit to Cleveland. Demolen at the USACE dock near the Rouge, Stormont pushing the ferry barge in the direction of RenCen, Victory moving James L. Kuber past Fighting Island, and Leonard M remakes the tow that’s heaped up with coal, and I get to watch it all. All photos by […]

Freshwater Tugs 6

Quick post here:  This is the best I could do with Prentiss Brown Bradshaw McKee and her barge, Challenger, formerly the vintage St. Marys Challenger.  Click here for the story of the conversion. They departed after us and passed far to starboard. Here headed for Ste Sainte Marie, it’s Avenger IV, another classic. The barge is […]

Freshwater Tugs 5

Unlike the sixth boro waters, freshwater New York changes state.  As illustration, here is a color photo I took yesterday, and below is roughly the same view (looking down from E-5 in the Flight) taken in late September 2016, almost five months ago.   What’s departing lock 4 was reported here. But I digress.  Here’s […]

Freshwater Tugs 4

Let’s start with one that I can’t identify, other than by its name . . . Charlie E, I believe.  I took this photo in Port Colborne. I was wrong when I thought McKeil’s Sharon M I was an ex-Candies tug like Na Hoku or Greenland Sea.  It turns out she was built in Japan. I […]