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Presque Isle: Thousand-footer ATB

For starters, a question:  how is this pronounced . . . rhyming with “wheel” or “while”?  I’ve already been told each is the correct one.   Erie Trader is a big ore carrier, but Presque Isle is larger, with capacity of 57,500 tons! For comparison, that’s twice the capacity of Edmund Fitzgerald.  Anyone know her […]

CB 2019 K

Daybreak finds the storms past and we continue the long haul up Lake Huron. Olive L. Moore passes with Menominee.  Moore . . . the hull . . . was launched 91 years ago! Samuel de Champlain pushes Innovation into Alpena, MI.  As is true of many Great Lakes vessels, tug Champlain has had a […]

Thanks to Brian Wroblewski

Last winter I planned a trip along the southern shore of Lake Erie, hoping to catch photos of lakers in ice.  The results were here, a week after ice out, a schedule that depended on someone else’s time off.  It was a fun trip, but the photos I hoped for eluded me.  Well, Brian caught […]

Buffalo to Port Weller

BFD’s fireboat Cotter is always a high point of a Buffalo visit, a Crescent Shipyard 1900 (!!) Elizabethport NJ product, aka the world’s oldest active fireboat.  Headed west for Port Colborne, we’re treated to beauty over SteelWinds.  As darkness looms, JW Cooper arrives to drop off a pilot. Imagine my dismay passing MRC after dark, […]

Port of Erie PA 1

The port of Erie is protected behind an “almost island” called Presque Isle, pronounced in French to rhyme with “wheel.”  Click on the map to interact with it. So guess which “laker” was behind Presque Isle the other day?  Presque Isle, of course, and that’s the name of both the tug and barge.  Both parts […]

Random Ships *6

Off in the distance, I believe those lights are Greys Reef and Skillagalee . . . and the ship is another 1000-footer named for an Indiana port.  Maybe it’s the time of day, but I think I see the iron ore dust on the white paint. Getting back to my invented  TTT unit (twenty-ton trailer), […]

GWA8: following Huron

Although I’m a newbie, this being only my second run on Huron, I suspect this view dominates the experience of crossing Huron, possibly Superior also, which I’ve not traversed.  Huron is the inland sea with the longest shoreline, surrounded by sparse population.  Sarnia, the largest city on Huron has about 70,000; Port Huron, 30,000; and […]

GWA5: climbing around Niagara

With digressions behind us, let’s resume the journey.  In part 4 we descended from the level of the Mohawk at Rome NY into Lake Ontario, approximately 248.’  Canadian pilot boat Mrs C meets us not far from the entrance to the Welland Canal at Port Weller, so named for the lead engineer in building of […]

Really Random Tugs 16

Here was RRT15. All the fotos in this post come from my sister, who is currently making her way south along the Jersey shore heading into retirement aka Bahamas for Christmas.  In mid-August, they departed Muskegon, near where they took this foto of Samuel de Champlain in June 2011.   SDC was built in 1976 […]

Other People’s Fotos 15

I’m elated when folks tell me they’ve enjoyed visiting tugster over the years.  Well, I’m as thrilled when you send in fotos other places beyond the sixth boro, all accessible ultimately from the the sixth boro.  In fact, the whole world awaits once you’ve gone out the Narrows or through Hall Gate. ’twas a great […]