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Three Lakers & Three Lights

Daylight hours are getting very short, reiterating summer 2019 is no more, but I’ve still got photos left from gallivants of warmer and brighter days this year, like this one of a downbound Thunder Bay passing Rock Island Light, once legitimately tended by an erstwhile pirate William Johnston.   Later as we continued towards Lake […]

Late Season Lakers 3

I’ll take a different tack here.  From a design perspective, Kaye E. Barker illustrates what I understand as the unique lines of the classic laker, sometimes called a longboat.  She was launched the same year I was born.  Combing through the records of her various owners, it might be possible to calculate the tonnage of […]

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 […]

Late Season Lakers 1

Ice causes major disruptions, like the ones in Troy NY this morning. Most of my previous posts featuring lakers were ice-free.  Even ones from a road trip I took specifically to see ice were ice-free.  Alpena had just lost her icy jacket. Yet, I’m fascinated by navigation through the ice.  These photos give a sense […]

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 […]

12 Lakers a

To start, these are boats, I’m told, not ships.  I first saw the type as a kid, reading a book that made an impression and crossing the St Lawrence on the way to the grandparents’ farm. I’ve posted Great Lakes photos a fair number of times in the past few years, so I continue CYPHER […]

‘Ster Crazy 2

Toyster suggestion comes from Charles A Crosby, who writes:  “Toy fleet I built for my grandsons. Wood, no plans just all by eye.  The laker [which looks a lot like Roger Blough] is around 10.5″ and large container ship is 12″.   The ships are in a general scale . . . not perfect by […]

2020 Tugster Calendar Going Going . . .

. . . and I hope they’ll soon all be gone.  Here‘s the ordering info. I’ve intended this project to be transmedia, ie, same event told in several formats . . . in this case on paper and on the blog.  I took the photo  for the January page in the early afternoon of January […]

Last Monthly Photos 2019

For your quick peruse today, I offer the inverse of yesterday’s post:  I went to my archives and selected the LAST photo of something water-related each month of 2019. So if that photo was a person or an inland structure, I didn’t use it;  instead, I went backwards … until I got to the first […]

Random Ships 72

This Stella Polaris . . . a very common vessel name for obvious navigation reasons, is less than 400′ and about 20 years old.  The curious building off the bow is the Boldt Castle Power House and Clock Tower . . .  or BCPHCT. Algoma Conveyor, SLSWmax, was still under construction a year ago in […]