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GWA7: negotiating the straits of Erie

“Motor city” is another name for Detroit, but “detroit” is only part of the name for the waterway given by the French explorer Cadillac when he led the first Europeans to settle “Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit” on a bank of “le détroit du lac Érié,”  the strait of Lake Erie), linking Lake Huron and Lake […]

North Bound 4

We are much farther north but without wifi I’ve been unable to post until now.  Enjoy these photos –sans commentaries–for now for the route from Clayton to Salaberry de Valleyfield. Alex Bay,     Dark Island, and and here’s another shot of Victorious on a crowded Saint Lawrence. All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Freshwater Tugs 2

The first in this series posted eight years ago! Of course, tugs currently working in freshwater haven’t necessarily started there, as is true of Manitou. Victorious had to traverse halfway around the world before quite recently beginning its life on the Great Lakes, such as it is now pushing hot asphalt seething within John J. […]

Port of Hamilton

John van der Doe has contributed many photos from Hamilton over the years, like here and here. The bunkering boat Sterling Energy after delivering fuel to the Dutch tanker Stella Polaris.  Wow . . . Sterling Energy is Turkish built in 2002. Pusher-tug Victorious with her asphalt tanker-barge John J. Carrick.  Victorious was built in China […]

Random Tugs 111

Robert E. McAllister has quickly become my favorite tugboat in the sixth boro.  I know how fickle that sounds . . .  But here, muscling Victorious Ace around under cover of darkness, Robert E. is incomparable. Of course, Margaret Moran nudging in Carnival Glory is no slouch either. As many in the sleeping city have […]

Dynamic Sixth Boro

Bowsprite tattooed my back about two years ago, and I never felt a thing, didn’t even know about it til a few days later.  See evidence in the eighth foto here.  The tattoo she incised had the best feature: dynamism.  Without  washing or submitting myself to laser-burn or chemical-peel ink removal, that design–beautiful as it […]