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Finished with Engines 2021

The year is in its last hours, and these vessels saw their last hours in this year as well.  Of course, this is a subjective list, made up of mostly photos I’ve taken over the years of sixth boro and Great Lakes vessels. This list is not definitive.  If you know of others, you might […]

CB 2019 J

Gott passed just south of Detroit, so let’s pick up the journey there. On their way to Tall Ships Erie, Niagara above and Denis Sullivan below down bound under bare poles. At a steel plant, Herbert C. Jackson offloads coal. CSL Baie Comeau heads down bound. Bushey tug transplanted to fresh waters, it’s Cheyenne reinventing […]

Random Tugs 300 Extension

I found it hard to move on from the #300 mile marker, so let me offer up another set, with some of your generous contributions. Thanks to John “Jed” Jedrlinic, two tugboats from Tahiti, Aito Nui and Aito Nui II.   My machine translator tells me the name means “champions of the universe.” Aito Nui, […]

First Monthly Photos 2019

Believe it or not, I’m way inland and without a camera, and a preference for novelty prompts  a different almost-year-end post together.  Rules I made for myself follow:  go to my archives and select the first photo of something water-related each month of 2019. So if the first photo in my archives for each month […]

Manitou

Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t this the WYT-60 Manitou that spent part of its life breaking Hudson River ice? These photos come from a fortuitous pass with the 1943 built former USCGC at the north side of Lake St. Clair. And she is Apalachee class?  Click here for a summer shot. All photos […]

Late Season Lakers 2

Because of a cold brisk wind, I shot some of these through glass, which is never a good idea.   But looking at this set, taken between Belle Isle and Sarnia, illustrate the variety of lakers, all in a context of not a single recreational vessel, something you’d never see in summer. Select info from […]

CB9

Call this Ambassador Bridge Detroit to Lake St. Clair, the sixth Great Lake.  For starters at sunrise, it’s Argentia Desgagnes.   Offloading coal at USSteel, it’s Clyde S. Van Enkvort, formerly a DonJon tug. Here’s a waterside view of Cheyenne. Upclose to the Detroit Jazz Fest, it’s Lake Guardian and Escanaba, WMEC-907. Farther north, it’s Bristol […]

1934 Motor Lifeboat Odyssey 3

A challenge in documenting your own travel is getting photos of yourself.  On land, you can of course use the time delay feature and position your camera and yourself for a shot.  On the water that’s not so easy.  Drones make those shots available, but drones have not yet been adopted so widely.  I’ve been […]

Jetster Returns

Few things about flying rival “window seat,” as they complement my lifelong fascination with maps and, later, charts.  Of course, few things are as frustrating as realizing I’m sitting on the wrong side of the airplane and can’t just run to the other side.  Anyhow, let’s play a game of window seat IDs of photos […]

12 Lakers b

Are you still making calendars?  Here’s another set of 12 candidates, if my count is right. January could be American Integrity, a product of Sturgeon Bay, WI, 1000′ loa x 105′ and when loaded and photographed from this angle, she looks impossibly long.  Her size keeps her confined to the four upper lakes, being way […]