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Here’s the first post I did on Everlast.  What intrigues me about the tug is her convoluted path to the Great Lakes . . . Japan, Russian Far East, Greece, and now the borderlands between the US and Canada.  Carlzboats details it all here.  In fact, Carlz goes on to add the China details about her barge . . . Norman McLeod.

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Since she transports asphalt, she’s got one hot load, as explained here . . . 300 degrees F plus.

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Everlast, it has been great to meet you and watch you pass.  Her dimensions are approximately 143′ x 44.’

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Speaking of China, those stacks are at China, Michigan, that is.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Chicago in the haze ahead means this is the last of this series; we’ve gotten as far west as this gallivant will go.  The link in the previous sentence shows a map of the trajectory, with all of its legs.

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That’s Navy Pier.

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Squinting, I see this as a man doing a tire repair on a flipped over bicycle, but of course my eyes have their issues.

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A surprise was the use of tug-barge excursion trips with the likes of

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City View.

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Not all tug-barge traffic transported passengers, however.

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I’ll have to find out more about Kiowa after journey’s end.

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Riverview is part of the people-scow fleet and it just squeezes under the bridges.

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USACE Racine has a scow beside the Chicago Harbor Lock.

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All photos here by Will Van Dorp, who has now begun other gallivants while on the way home.

As we follow the west side of Lake Michigan, we see evidence of lots of fish and folks who say yes to catching them.

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And there’s a boat building tradition and

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regular visits by an iconic vessel . . . Badger, which I’ve done a number of posts about before now.

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Badger is a BIDO and carries a lot of vehicles, including this sub.

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BIDO?   Back in, drive out.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

I choose to interrupt the “go west” series here.  It will continue soon.  And why?  Late yesterday, emerging from the fires over in Sarnia it came . . .

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to enter the Black River.

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Draken‘s a beauty with carved European oakwood

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like above on the bow cap rail and below on one of many oarlock covers.

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Below it’s the captain to the right and the district 3 Lakes Pilot to the left as

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international crew prepares to slips the dock lines and

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head northward into a stormy Huron night.

And the trip goes on . . . here heading for the Straits, where it seems there are underwater sights I missed.

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Meanwhile, on the surface of the top of Lakes Huron and Michigan, there are plenty of things to look at, like this old ChrisCraft and

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1944 fish tug Richard E. 

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After we pass White Shoal light, we encounter traffic

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like Karen Andrie and

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“maritimer” Mississagi.

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From morning to night, there were small boats fishing and larger

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ones –like this unidentified Algoma Central Corporation dry bulker–

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until day ends over Wisconsin.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

I’m catching up here, with this post from the top west side of Lake Huron, where the skies and

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and waters teemed with people.

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I headed to the high ground where the fort stands,

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From the wall, I saw US-built  Samuel de Champlain pass southbound.

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Schooner Inland Seas was anchored over by the Round Island light.

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Corsair  brought in food trucks, which

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get offloaded onto wagons.

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Teamster, trickster, tugster . .  got it all in this post.

All photos here by Will Van Dorp.

We had a long transit from Detroit to Mackinac, so here are a lot of photos, starting with Federal Kumano and Ambassador Bridge in the distance;

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passing steel operations,

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and the mailboat Westcott.

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Near central Detroit a pilot boards Federal Kumano from Huron Maid.

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Entering Lake St. Clair, we pass Philip R. Clarke, 

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followed by Lubie in China township,

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Radcliffe R. Latimer, 

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Great Lakes Maritime Center,

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lightship Huron,

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and as we headed unbound into Lake Huron, we passed Arthur M. Anderson . . . the last vessel in contact with the Fitzgerald before she was taken by Superior.

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This was sunrise nearing the end of this leg, and in the night and distractions, I missed Alpena.

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This post closes with Buffalo, as she leaves the Mackinac Bridge behind her.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Many thanks to Wade P. Streeter for his help in getting these first photos of M/V Hon. James L. Oberstar from public locations along the River Rouge.

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Here she squeezes ever so slowly through the open Dix Street Bridge, showing her multiple builders plates and

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flower boxes abaft her house.

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Then she headed into the turning basin to offload her ore in the late afternoon.

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Before mid-morning the following day, she was light and ready to race back to Superior for her next cargo.

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She followed us for a bit before

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overtaking us and showing her stern on her way into Lake St. Clair and places north.

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More on the other vessels here later.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Daylight on leg 10 saw us near the Ontario, Ohio, and Michigan border, where we met GL Ostrander pushing Integrity.

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We pass the abandoned amusement park at Bois Blanc,

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Canadian Coast Guard’s Caribou Isle,

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and ferry Ste. Claire moving cars between the Amherstburg, ON and Bob-lo “island marina community.”

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Here’s the channel looking south.

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Furuholmen heads north to Sarnia,

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and our vessel’s twin, Grande Caribe, meets up in Wyandotte.

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Meanwhile traffic continues down bound–like Sam Laud and John D. Leitch.

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This post closes out with a regular down in the sixth boro . . . Calusa Coast pushing Delaware.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

 

Here’s the reference map;  leg 9 took us into Cleveland, where Federal Maas is in port.

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William C. Gaynor was anchored on the west side of the Cuyahoga.

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Eagle pushed a deck barge outbound.

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A small boat analyzed the river, and

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Iowa went by light.

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A visit to William G. Mather was compulsory, of course.

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I noticed where her anchor was cast.

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And finally, Iowa towed in Alberta-registered Sea Eagle II moving St. Mary’s Cement II.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who has since moved on to leg 10.

 

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