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Daybreak finds the storms past and we continue the long haul up Lake Huron.

Olive L. Moore passes with Menominee.  Moore . . . the hull . . . was launched 91 years ago!

Samuel de Champlain pushes Innovation into Alpena, MI.  As is true of many Great Lakes vessels, tug Champlain has had a varied career that started in salt water.

Joyce L. VanEnkvort and her barge Great Lakes Trader have spent their entire lives on the Lakes.

Seeing the venerable Alpena is always a thrill, and although she’s quite distant here, IMHO the photo looks to have been taken decades ago.

As seen through the busy traffic of Mackinac Island,

Fuldaborg makes for DeTour Passage and Duluth.

Presque Isle pushing barge by the same name is another one of my favorites.

 

And let’s close it out with Edgar B. Speer . . .

heading for a load in Two Harbors.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Round Island is an uninhabited island between the islands of Mackinac and Bois Blanc.  Big traffic passes through a relatively narrow passage between Lake Superior and Lake Michigan.

Edwin H. Gott transited recently.  Gott, as I’ve read, has a self-unloader boom longer than standard.

Even at 280′ the boom looks small compared with the 1000′ hull.

 

No long afterward, Erie Trader and this sailboat transited in the opposite direction.

Pushing the Trader is

 

 

Joyce L. VanEnkvort. 

The sailboat made the passage in Joyce and Trader‘s wake.

A bit over a century ago, this route was served by the oceanic North Land. 

It’s possible this image was enhanced in this engraving.  Sam Clemens was a big fan, it appears, of the Buffalo to Duluth run.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Let’s call this the leg between East China, MI and Roger City, MI.  A faster vessel–Happy River–over take us soon before we both

 

passed Damia Desgagnes.

North of the Blue Water Bridge, we passed Huron Spirit after she exchanged the pilots on Happy River.

Once out in the width and depths of Lake Huron, we passed CSL Niagara.

Sparta pushed barge Sparta II, containing some sort of liquid.

 

Manitowoc was down bound.

So was Joyce L. VanEnkvort. pushing Great Lakes Trader.

 

The last time I saw her she was just about coming out of hibernation here.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Not to belabor the point, but I wanted to see this scene with ice, and expected to, given this was taken in late February and the fishermen have already put away their ice drills.

Ahead of the former fixture in the sixth boro, then called Bear and now Elizabeth Anna, it’s the huge Joyce L. Van Enkevort, launched 21 years ago.

Joyce L. is a 10,000 hp tug with dimensions of 135′ x 50.’

 

Joyce L. is mated to Great Lakes Trader, launched in Louisiana in 2001.  The barge has capacity of 39,600 tons, 66% greater than that of Edmund Fitzgerald.

 

The Old Rite Russian Orthodox church in the background is Church of the Nativity. 

I can’t wait to see these two units mated and  . . . great lakes’ trading.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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