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Océan Blue 8

Here was “7” and 1 through 6. This post will run photos from twilight to twilight… Above and below, prosaically Service Boat No. 1 is doing pilot exchange duty.  She’s not large or particularly powerful or new, but in twilight before dawn she looked and sounded formidable. Ocean Basques, here approaching the Laviolette Bridge, is […]

Océan Blue 6

A 4300 hp product of a Collingwood ON shipyard no longer there . . . it’s Océan Basques. Here’s a better profile, taken a second earlier.  Basques provides ship assists in the port of Trois-Rivieres, QC.   Docked nearby in the same port, it’s Océan Bravo, slightly older and larger though less horsepower,  a product of Quebec’s  […]

Océan Blue 5

Here are the previous in this series. As we depart downstream on this rainy day, Ocean Pierre Julien  heads upstream. Ocean Intrepide stands by Silver Manoora and Mars S.   Over alongside Sorel-Tracy, Ocean Jupiter heads upstream for reasons beyond my ken.   The twins wait in Quebec City, and Ocean Serge Genois, farther upstream. […]

Océan Blue 4

When I first spotted this, I didn’t quite know what was happening.   Cold as it was, I’d put on enough layers to wait. I’d call it path creating, not path finding, Ocean Yvan Desgagnes opening the ice for Le Phil D,  a 1961 Russel Brothers Ltd. vessel.   All photos by Will Van Dorp.  

Retro Sixth Boro 37 B

I’m away from the sixth boro, so here’s another from the vault, archived May 2011.  Twin Tube back then still had her lighter stick.  Lichtenstein now sails as Mr Tigris.  Sand Master, the sand miner, had not yet gone to South America. A company called K-Sea still existed, and Norwegian Sea still sailed. The 1976 […]

Océan Blue 3

What’s this . .  a catatug?  A joke of meowman or purr people?  But first, have another look at more Ocean blue tugs posted on this blog before, including the one once called Helen M. McAllister.  Click here and scroll. All the photos today were taken in the port of Montreal.  Let’s start with Ocean Georgie […]

Océan Blue 2

Where has the time gone since I did Ocean Blue 1?  Well, it’s not been wasted.   Ocean blue seems at least as ubiquitous on the lower Saint Lawrence as  green-red G-tugs are to the upper Great Lakes watershed. I took all these photos near their Quebec City base, nestled beneath the illuminated G3 grain elevators […]

Yachts A Million 5

I’d thought to call this “summer yachts,” but in spite of sublime weather, it’s not summer any more.  “Yachts a million” works too, with these two unusual vessels.  And we’ll start with this one, Magnet.  Now that I’ve learned a little more about this 148′ catamaran yacht, I regret not having walked around to the […]

Thanks to Marc Piché 2

Thanks to Marc, I offer this post that could also be called Océan Blue 7. Arranged chronologically, these photos nicely show the intrusion of ice on the Saint Lawrence. Starting on October 12, 2017, it would be t-shirt weather on Ocean Duga taken in port of Sorel-Tracy.  Duga (4000 hp from 2 Wichman 7-cylinder engines) […]

Retro Sixth Boro 45 A

Why does time pass so quickly?!  As if it were just a few years ago, I recall this Wilmington NC stop on the road trip return from family in Georgia.   I was surprised by the amount of traffic in this Cape Fear River port, like Margaret McAllister here passing Corpus Christi with Petrochem Supplier. Margaret […]