As measured by the longest main span, the Mackinac Bridge is about 19th in the world today, but the number of spans leading out to that honest one are numerous, so it traverses a lot of water, quite minimized in this foreshortened shot across part of Mackinaw City.

This unit will be rolling across for over 10 minutes.

I’m not sure what work Champion is accompanying here.

Fresh paint makes the Mighty Mac especially beautiful these days,

and that work

is ongoing, as can be seen on the northern tower.

 

I can imagine concentration is a must for this work,

tuning out whatever traffic happens on the road as well as

like Mesabi Miner, a thousand-footer shrunk by the Mac, happening beneath the road.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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At first, I’d been concerned these folks in green kayakers were holding the wall for stability.

Then later I saw this and realized that the Chicago River has so much current that

one guide’s role in a “muster” is to paddle up current to keep the raft from heading for the Mississippi.

And this styling?

It only made sense when I saw them again in the Straits….

I believe this is a Ranger 21 . . .

nice, but maybe having an exhilarating day.

And recreational fishing, there’s a lot of it in

the lake and its bays

all day long.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Quick post here:  This is the best I could do with Prentiss Brown Bradshaw McKee and her barge, Challenger, formerly the vintage St. Marys Challenger.  Click here for the story of the conversion.

They departed after us and passed far to starboard.

Here headed for Ste Sainte Marie, it’s Avenger IV, another classic.

The barge is PML 9000, and I’ve no idea of the cargo, regular or otherwise.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Happy September 3, 

and August 2

and  . . . well, someone’s vision of  the moment or a zeitgeist,

heritage,

zeitgeist,

heritage,

zeitgeist,

heritage…

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who thinks that’s where a tension exists.

 

Really different?  This is what happens when your klompen dance gets too spirited.

Nearby, I’d never seen anything like Aqua Aircar called Prop Wash . . .

Here’s the Continental C-125 engine.

Here’s a video clip showing it under way in the 1950s.

 

It was entered in an antique boat show in Holland MI.

Photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

well . . . it’s a lobster boat, so what else might they be doing?

It does have the lines albeit a tad modified, and of course

I can find a fake news site that has text and REAL PICTURES!! of lobsters invading the shore of Lake Michigan here.

But seriously, it seems Ugly Anne was built in Maine, where it worked lobstering from 1975 until the mid-90s, when it was brought to the Mackinac Straits.

I wonder how those Great Lakes lobster taste.

 

The wheel should be a giveaway for location.  More on that later in the post.

I’ve not found much info on the delightfully-blue ST called “The Commissioner,” other than a photo of it breaking ice in Burnham Harbor.

Kenosha, nearby, launched in 1954 in Missouri.

 

Kenosha pushes the crane barge out to a breakwater.

Now standing with my back to the wheel and looking north, it’s 1981 built Valerie B, 

a 1981 tug owned by Kokosing.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who wonders why US entities get their ferris wheels from foreign companies.  The Centennial Wheel is Dutch Wheels Model DW60.

Here’s more on Ferris,  his wheel, and a large power wheel used in an iron ore operation along the Hudson River.  Yes, that Hudson.

 

I don’t usually think of the Great Lakes as schooner territory, but that’s a misperception:  before rail and roads, these moved cargo around the northern midwest.

SV Denis Sullivan has been down bound as far as Quebec City this summer for the tall ships’ render-vous.    Has Sullivan ever seen saltier water beyond Quebec City?

Just as she approached, she started dropping sail, starting with the headsails

and moving astern. Here a crew flakes the foresail as it is lowered.

A little math with an assumption that Sullivan–a replica, I know– could carry 400 tons of ore sound like a way to get in trouble:

anyhow, if my assumption were correct, it would take 170 schooners to carry the same amount of ore as Paul R. Tregurtha, right?

Here, using signage from the Chicago Maritime Museum, is a little context.

“lumbershovers”??  A a ferry might hire peopleshovers?

Photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

From off the bowl this seemed a run-of-the-mill fishtug-into-yacht project.  Gloria.  As a product of Burger in Manitowoc from 1945, I’m gathering its builders and first owners may have seen some submarines around there.

And as of late August 2017, it was for sale, and I did not call the number.

It’s sweet, and surely a yacht, with

dimensions of 42′ x 13.’

.

But the stern superstructure/deck is unlike any fish tug I’ve ever seen.

And this site suggests that is because it was intended as a dive-conversion.

Now if I lived on the Great Lakes….   Maybe it’s time the sixth boro got itself a fish tug?

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

aka, trans-Michigan and not Badger.  More on Badger later.

Lakes Express entered service in 2004, max speed at 34 kts., and has capacity for 44 cars, 12 motorcycles, and 248 passengers.

It crosses the Lake between Milwaukee and Muskegon in 150 minutes with up to 8 crew.

 

 

Until 1970, this run was made by the Milwaukee Clipper, launched 1904 and now languishing in Muskegon.   Here’s a more complete history on Milwaukee Clipper.

 

As promised, here are numbers of Badger for comparison purposes:  launched 1952, 24 kts. top speed, 18o cars and some trucks, 620 passengers, crew size from 50–60, and crossing time of 3 hours.

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