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or Go North . . . or up and then down bound.It’s all better than going south ….
Anyhow, in the spirit of the first of series from earlier this past months’ peregrinations, I’ll start with the map. The red pushpins are overnights and the yellows are shorter stops. An unexpected jaunt will be from Ogdensburg to Quebec City without stopping at Trois Rivieres or Montreal, where we stop after Quebec City.
Locks there’ll be plenty–37 total I believe–because the alternative is shown below. You can descend the Lachine Rapids, but in a different type of boat. Lachine . . . that’s French for what it looks like in English . . . China, as in … the folks like Cartier thought that if only they could get past the rapids, they’d be in China.
Here’s another way to look at the St Lawrence watershed, care of an USACE diagram.
Here’s to hoping you read this and to my having wifi.
By the way, I was shocked when I learned the namesake of the St Lawrence, patron saint of the BBQ. Sizzlicious!!
Some of you may remember the January River, or JR, posts I did three years ago in July. I went to Brasil because my daughter was there, and she’s a fluent Portuguese speaker. I had a great time, swam in several places, and never got sick. I’m putting some photos never posted here up today because I know there are sewage issues there in the huge bay called Guanabara, but let’s not make a poopmageddon out of it, as the meteorologists do with the snowmegeddons in winter up here. Excuse my Portuguese, but merda sells news, always will.
Here’s a shot from the same point looking toward Copacabana.
Here’s a shot of Copacabana looking toward the Bay, with Sugar Loaf as the prominent feature along the ridge. A fair number of people were in the water despite the heavy surf.
I chartered this boat and –all tallied– chugged around Bay for about six hours.
Of course, I was looking who was there, like Galliano, LA’s C-Enforcer,
CNL Ametista from Santos,
Rio’s own TS Abusado and TS Soberano,
a pilotboat and tug Atlantico standing off near Hai Yang Shi You,
CPO Copacabana, and many,
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who wonders where these vessels are today.
Here are the previous posts.
The 1980 Innisfree works the Chicago River, but it has New England roots.
The rest of the boats in this post work in the waters around Mackinac Island. Anna May is Wisconsin-built, 1947.
Felicity is a Shepler’s Ferry boats. For a history of the business, click here.
Straits of Mackinac II is a 1969 Blount product. The Arnold family has been in the ferry business here since 1878.
LaSalle dates from 1983.
Joliet dates from 1993. For many more Michigan ferries, click here.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
Tugster has been a work in progress, evolving organically, without a foreseen plan. So I just noticed that although I’ve done many posts on autumn sail, I’ve not used the summer sail title. Until now.
What better place to start than with SSV Oliver Hazard Perry. GCaptain calls it a 21st century ship mindful of its historic roots. It heads to Boston this weekend to pick up its first crew! I caught the photo here back on June 27, but the prescient bowsprite caught it passing through the sixth boro here over seven years ago.
I believe this is OMF Ontario, on the hard over in Lysander, NY. In the background that’s
an unidentified tender 1937 tender Dana II (Thx, JD) and Reliable, the sad (engineless) twin of Syracuse. See more of Reliable and Syracuse here.
Anyone know why OMF Ontario is still on the hard? Launched in 1994 at the site of the former Goble yard in Oswego, It purports to be the first Oswego-built schooner since 1879! I’d love to learn more.
Here’s OMF Ontario rigged and at the dock in August 2013.
Here’s Steelwinds, a wind turbine cluster built on part of a former Bethlehem Steel plant south of Buffalo and designed to take advantage of the fetch created by the prevailing SWerlies.
Here’s 1992 built Spirit of Buffalo. Does anyone have photos of her transiting through the sixth boro, the Hudson, and Erie Canal back in May 2009?
Here’s another 21st century sailing ship, also with vintage roots that go back way further than the 19th century, and a close up
of her figure head. Click here for a good starting point of this vessel’s construction.
And finally, here’s Inland Seas, anchored near the Straits of Mackinac. For more on the ship project and its late founder, click here.
All photos taken by Will Van Dorp, who is back in the sixth boro but unpacking from the Go West trip and planning a Go North trip .
Let’s start with one that I can’t identify, other than by its name . . . Charlie E, I believe. I took this photo in Port Colborne.
I can’t ever remember seeing a heaping load of coal like this . . .
Petite Forte was docked also along the Welland Canal with barge St. Mary’s Cement.
I’ll put up a pilot boat post soon. Meanwhile, can you identify this pilot boat?
Jaclyn is a 41′ tug built in 1967.
Joncaire, it turns out, is an important name in Niagara history.
Eagle is a 57′ tugboat built in 1943 and operating out of Cleveland. Here she heads for the outer harbor.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who is unpacking as quickly as possible, and preparing to repack soon.
The first in this series posted eight years ago!
Of course, tugs currently working in freshwater haven’t necessarily started there, as is true of Manitou.
Victorious had to traverse halfway around the world before quite recently beginning its life on the Great Lakes, such as it is now pushing hot asphalt seething within John J. Carrick.
Ditto G. L. Ostrander, here pushing LaFarge barge Integrity.
Josephine (ex-Wambrau) has likely had the greatest amount of saltwater time and distance before coming to the Great Lakes watershed. Here she’s docked in the Maumee river with the Mightys . . . Mighty Jimmy, Mighty Jake, and mighty small.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who has more Mightys and more freshwater tugs to come.
As we follow the west side of Lake Michigan, we see evidence of lots of fish and folks who say yes to catching them.
And there’s a boat building tradition and
regular visits by an iconic vessel . . . Badger, which I’ve done a number of posts about before now.
Badger is a BIDO and carries a lot of vehicles, including this sub.
BIDO? Back in, drive out.
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
and waters teemed with people.
I headed to the high ground where the fort stands,
From the wall, I saw US-built Samuel de Champlain pass southbound.
Schooner Inland Seas was anchored over by the Round Island light.
Corsair brought in food trucks, which
get offloaded onto wagons.
Teamster, trickster, tugster . . got it all in this post.
All photos here 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.
Here she squeezes ever so slowly through the open Dix Street Bridge, showing her multiple builders plates and
flower boxes abaft her house.
Then she headed into the turning basin to offload her ore in the late afternoon.
Before mid-morning the following day, she was light and ready to race back to Superior for her next cargo.
She followed us for a bit before
overtaking us and showing her stern on her way into Lake St. Clair and places north.
More on the other vessels here later.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s the reference map; leg 9 took us into Cleveland, where Federal Maas is in port.
William C. Gaynor was anchored on the west side of the Cuyahoga.
Eagle pushed a deck barge outbound.
A small boat analyzed the river, and
Iowa went by light.
A visit to William G. Mather was compulsory, of course.
I noticed where her anchor was cast.
And finally, Iowa towed in Alberta-registered Sea Eagle II moving St. Mary’s Cement II.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who has since moved on to leg 10.