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From the Line Locker 26

It’s been a while since I used this miscellaneous title; in fact, it appeared not at all in 2019. Montreal awards the gold-headed cane, and the Welland Canal’s Port Colborne offers a beaver fur top hat, each a recognition of a maritime first at the start of the calendar year, but the sixth boro has […]

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. […]

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, […]

CB 2019 F

As a reminder, CB here expands to Chicago-bound, our journey. Dean Marine and Excavating are continuing work on the breakwaters in Oswego. Madison R stands by as the barge is loaded with boulders brought in by train. The ubiquitous Rebecca Ann waits along the wall in preparation to head for the Welland Canal.     […]

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 […]

Newest Hull in the Sixth Boro 4

Superlatives, like newest, biggest, worst, most sophisticated . . . , will always be temporary designations.  Not long ago, Cape Henry held the distinction of newest tugboat in the boro, but since then, another has arrived.  And in our temporal world, the future will bring another with that uniqueness . . . Evening Breeze came […]

In Inert, Out Racing

Or, stated less succinctly, March came in like a hibernating turtle, and is ending like a springtime cottontail. Here’s a March 11 AIS grab.  A circle means a vessel is docked or anchored.  There’s a single vessel underway NE bound on Lake Erie.  It’s a Canadian CG ice breaker. Below, less than two weeks later, […]

Really Random Ships 1

Let’s try a variation:  I’ve random tugs and random ships, in which I’ve confined most pics to a single general location and a a single photographer . . . me.  “Really random tugs” combines locations, eras, and photographers.  So why not do the same with ships, although in this case I’ve taken almost all the […]

Retro Sixth Boro 12

March 2009 . . . Stephen Scott here passes Port Ivory, near my old job, pushing RTC 70.   I’m still looking for Stephen Scott photo is her new profile, sans upper wheelhouse.  Port Ivory was an intriguing place name for me when I first moved here;  once a North Shore Branch of the SIRR […]

Old Year 2018

I’ve mentioned before about my people the Dutch celebrating “old years day” on December 31.   As the child of immigrants, I’m blessed by this one of many ways they see the world differently, a perspective I’m happy to share.  So here is a retrospective of the year, the result of a process of scanning […]