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Go West Again

Here’s a quick post to alert you that several days may go by without word or photo from tugster.  I’m repeating a trip I made last year from Warren RI to Chicago IL via the Erie Canal and other great American and Canadian waterways. If you missed it, you might check out last year’s posts […]

Chicago Bound 1

 i.e., CB.  I’m writing this on the 8th . . .  my first encounter with serious wifi. After today, I might not have wifi again for a spell.   Last year I posted about this trip under the title GWA.  Two years ago it was Go West. Let me post some highlights from August 1 […]

Go West . . .

. . .it turns out Horace Greeley might not be the author, and John B. L. Soule, who may have been, had some harsh ideas about people. I use it as explanation for something new I’m doing.  Today I head over toward the pushpin to the right . . . Narragansett Bay, where I board […]

Go West 16

Chicago in the haze ahead means this is the last of this series; we’ve gotten as far west as this gallivant will go.  The link in the previous sentence shows a map of the trajectory, with all of its legs. That’s Navy Pier. Squinting, I see this as a man doing a tire repair on […]

Go West 15

As we follow the west side of Lake Michigan, we see evidence of lots of fish and folks who say yes to catching them.       And there’s a boat building tradition and regular visits by an iconic vessel . . . Badger, which I’ve done a number of posts about before now.   […]

Go West 14

And the trip goes on . . . here heading for the Straits, where it seems there are underwater sights I missed. Meanwhile, on the surface of the top of Lakes Huron and Michigan, there are plenty of things to look at, like this old ChrisCraft and 1944 fish tug Richard E.  After we pass White […]

Go West 13

I’m catching up here, with this post from the top west side of Lake Huron, where the skies and and waters teemed with people. I headed to the high ground where the fort stands, From the wall, I saw US-built  Samuel de Champlain pass southbound. Schooner Inland Seas was anchored over by the Round Island […]

Go West 12

We had a long transit from Detroit to Mackinac, so here are a lot of photos, starting with Federal Kumano and Ambassador Bridge in the distance; passing steel operations,     and the mailboat Westcott. Near central Detroit a pilot boards Federal Kumano from Huron Maid. Entering Lake St. Clair, we pass Philip R. Clarke,  […]

Go West 11

Many thanks to Wade P. Streeter for his help in getting these first photos of M/V Hon. James L. Oberstar from public locations along the River Rouge. Here she squeezes ever so slowly through the open Dix Street Bridge, showing her multiple builders plates and flower boxes abaft her house. Then she headed into the […]

Go West 10

Daylight on leg 10 saw us near the Ontario, Ohio, and Michigan border, where we met GL Ostrander pushing Integrity. We pass the abandoned amusement park at Bois Blanc, Canadian Coast Guard’s Caribou Isle, and ferry Ste. Claire moving cars between the Amherstburg, ON and Bob-lo “island marina community.” Here’s the channel looking south. Furuholmen heads […]