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MB 2019 G

Daybreak finds us entering the Welland Canal, taking a pilot from J. W. Cooper. The past few weeks at MRC have brought the decapitation of Algorail. Tecumseh is docked just below lock 8. Algosea slips into the parallel lock chamber at lock 4, upbound. We encounter NACC Argonaut as she heads upbound below lock 2. […]

Summer Sail 3

Here are previous installments in the series.  Summer sail can take the form of foil-raised GP racing as will happen in the sixth boro this weekend;  it can also happen on longer courses and require stamina and endurance as happens in some races ending in Mackinac. All the photos in this post come from Jeff […]

CB 2019 G

The rosy fingers of dawn paint the eastern sky, as we prepare to meet the pilot boat off Port Weller, which means Lake Ontario is nearly behind us.  The pilot has just departed Federal Yukina via Mrs C, and and readies to join us. Summertime is the repair season for icebreakers like CCGS Pierre Radisson, […]

Port Colborne Pics 4

At this point in my life, I have a solid list of projects yet to undertake.  One of those is scratch-building a ship or boat model.  Nothing screams “build me” more than this classic laker style.  Enjoy a lot of photos here, curvaceous details to render in a model. Like the dead ship Paul H. […]

2020 Calendar July and August

Yes, I missed doing this in July, so today I play catch-up. Three vessels were on the July page.  First, it’s Louis C, a small tanker reborn as a small crane ship.  I was last aboard her on a very cold morning in January 2020.  The enclosed workshop forward of the wheelhouse features a wood […]

Port Colborne Pics 6

What I noticed first about Johanna G is the cranes. Never have I seen cranes that stripped of recent paint.  Maybe rust-busting is happening as we speak, but   new coating of paint –IMHO– should be applied soon.  See a photo of her possibly new and with blue/gray cranes here. As of this posting, she’s […]

Port Colborne Pics 2

Port Colborne is the location of MRC, the clean-up business, and right now they’ve a few years–my guess–of projects. JW Cooper goes in and out several times a day. But what I wanted to watch was the traffic, up and down bound, like Algoma Buffalo.  The previous two times —here and here–I’d seen this vessel […]

Port Colborne Pics 5

I’d first assume this was a small tanker, but I was wrong.     Here’s the answer to cargo:  dry bulk cement.  In previous lifetimes, it had carried grain as well.   A hint of ghostwriting midships and to the right of “SPIRIT” shows another name or several names—Gagliarda and Ardita—were there earlier. Arriving soon […]

Other Peoples Photos 86

Click here for the previous 85 posts with this title.  Lead photos today come from former owner of this push boat in West Burlington, Iowa. The vessel, then known as Izona, has since traveled the Interstates and two-lanes to Highlands, NJ, towed by the much-loved Peterbilt of John Zook, of Lewisburg, PA. Maybe you saw […]

Retro Sixth Boro 27 a

If you’re new on this blog, for the past 27 months I’ve been posting photos from exactly 10 years before.  These then are photos I took in June 2010.  What’s been interesting about this for me is that this shows how much harbor activities have changed in 10 years. Tarpon, the 1974 tug that once […]