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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.

 

I paddled up Buffalo River, and saw West Wind and a smaller twin screw,

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G-tugs Vermont and Washington,

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and my goal . . . SS Columbia.

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Retracing my path, I had to pay respect to Edward M. Cotter, BFD and built in Elizabeth NJ.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who has no time to embed links because he is headed for Cleveland.

 

We didn’t make 7  because of delays, but stuff happens and here’s catch-up.

That’s Toronto as seen from the Lake as we head for Port Weller, where

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we take a pilot.

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We wait for a down bound vessel in the first lock, and then

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“record” it as it passes.

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We pass a load of coal between locks 7 and 8.

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Then we drop a pilot at Port Colborne and

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and pass the marine recycling yard before

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turning eastward for Buffalo harbor.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

To clarify this title, the first post in the series has a lead photo showing a map of our journey broken into legs marked by pins.  Legs 4 through 6 took us from Waterford, shown below, to Oswego.

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Urger stood by all spiffed up for the steamboat festival.

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Erie Canal Cruises accommodated sightseers eastbound toward lock E18.

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Tender 4, the electric motor vessel, assisted in a dredge project.

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Tug Erie tied up at the end of the work day.

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Here’s the cutterhead of one dredge.

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Lucy H returned light past Rome, NY.

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Never have I seen so

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many bald eagles.  This one is banded.

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And leg 6 ended in Oswego.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who will post again when able.

 

Legs 2 and 3 are West Point to Kingston, and then Kingston to Troy to lower the boat for clear passage through the Erie Canal.

Starting below, leaving West Point,

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passing Buchanan 12,

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HR Otter,

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looking back toward Catskill,

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meeting

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Craig Eric Reinauer,

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in awe in Coeymans seeing Eli (which I first misread as ELF) and

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Ocean Tower,

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passing port of Albany and BBC Vela,

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seeing Slater in the morning light, and finally

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after tying up at Troy, reconfiguring the boat for the Erie Canal.

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Leg 4 starts at noon today as we head for a night in Amsterdam.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

By 1330 Tuesday, we docked at West Point, the first non-red pushpin in yesterday’s map.   Working backward, we saw Tappan Zee II at the TZ, as we did

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the Left Coast Lifter.

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Off the Palisades, we saw Sarah D;

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in Wallabout Bay, C. Angelo;

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at the southern end of Narragansett Bay, Dace Reinauer; and

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and Suomigracht with Cape Wind turbine blades,

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and soon after departing Warren, we saw Buckley McAllister.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who is posting these without any alterations.  We saw much more as well.  Cheers.

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