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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 […]

Go West Leg 9

Here’s the reference map;  leg 9 took us into Cleveland, where Federal Maas is in port. William C. Gaynor was anchored on the west side of the Cuyahoga. Eagle pushed a deck barge outbound. A small boat analyzed the river, and Iowa went by light. A visit to William G. Mather was compulsory, of course. I […]

Go West Leg 8 Details

I paddled up Buffalo River, and saw West Wind and a smaller twin screw, G-tugs Vermont and Washington,   and my goal . . . SS Columbia. Retracing my path, I had to pay respect to Edward M. Cotter, BFD and built in Elizabeth NJ. All photos by Will Van Dorp, who has no time […]

Go West 7 and 8

We didn’t make 7  because of delays, but stuff happens and here’s catch-up. That’s Toronto as seen from the Lake as we head for Port Weller, where we take a pilot.   We wait for a down bound vessel in the first lock, and then “record” it as it passes.   We pass a load […]