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Port of Cleveland OH

To repeat what I said yesterday, this was supposed to be a visit to get photos of tugs and ships in ice.  The Cuyahoga may be quite cold, but no ice . . . . This shot is taken from the Carter Road Bridge looking toward Collision Bend and the bug venues. Under the Rte […]

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 […]

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 […]

Really Random Tugs 39

Here’s a new look in ship-assist boats.  Can you tell what else is unconventional? More on the design later in the post. This is a classic design in freshwater tugs.  And this particular boat you’ve seen in a number of posts on this blog in 2016, if you’re a faithful reader.  It’s in these. I’ve […]

GWA6: playing in the Cuyahoga

After a seiche sped us from Buffalo to Cleveland through the night, morning found us under the Cleveland Memorial Shoreline Bridge, down where the Cuyahoga flows.  Cuyahoga, to most non-Clevelanders of my generation, connotes a many times burning river of the past. Here’s a reference to that time on a sign inside the Greater Cleveland […]

Freshwater Tugs 3

Click here for previous posts in this series.  I add these now in response to a reader who says  . . .”but we have ship assist and harbor tugs in the Great Lakes as well.”  And the most iconic of those are the GL tugs, an old fleet that has been not only maintained but […]

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 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 […]

Sixth Boro Fifth Dimension HT2

Here was part 1.  Thanks much for the comments.  My conclusion is that most but not all were taken at the 1986 centennial celebration of our lady of the harbor.    I am still seeking a photo of the canal tug Grand Erie, ex-USACE Chartiers, launched in 1951, at the event. Barque Simón Bolívar,  it would […]

Bayonne Tower

So  . . . the bright sunshine and 45+ degree temperature coaxed me out to take some fotos, and soon I’m having a conversation with a gentleman whose first thought was wind power device was deck-mounted equipment on the reddish tanker.  Clearly here . . .  t-o-w-e-r   rhymes with power and not lawn mower. […]