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I’ll start with a photo I took in Toronto in September.  I could read that it was called Coastal Titan, but I thought it was a floating dry dock confined to Toronto.  Then in October I saw a photo Marc had taken in July downstream of Montreal, showing

… the same Coastal Titan, pushed by what seemed an intriguingly-named but undersized Salvage Monarch.  And it’s not until today that I search the history of this unusual vessel.  Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine it was once a US-flagged heavy lift vessel named John Henry.   Click here for more of the history of this 1978 heavy lift ship and sister–Paul Bunyan–built by Peterson Builders in Sturgeon Bay WI. Coastal Titan is the survivor story here.

I believe Paul Bunyan, then James McHenry,  was scrapped in 2015; for a photo, see page 8 here.

Marc  also caught Eda (ex-Cedarglen) on her way to be scrapped at Aliaga, with Ocean Echo II on stern and

VB Hispania (2011 and Mangalia, Romania) on the bow.

Click here for previous photos by Marc, to whom I’m grateful for these photos that led me to the intriguing story of Coastal Titan.

 

 

Daylight hours are getting very short, reiterating summer 2019 is no more, but I’ve still got photos left from gallivants of warmer and brighter days this year, like this one of a

downbound Thunder Bay passing Rock Island Light, once legitimately tended by an erstwhile pirate William Johnston.

 

Later as we continued towards Lake Onrario, we followed Atlantic Huron, an ore boat we seem to have encountered frequently this season, here leaving Carleton Island to port and

Wolfe to starboard.

Soon after passing Tibbetts Point Light, we entered the NE corner of

Ontario.  By the way, the hostel beds previously available at Tibbetts Light will soon be no more.

And as Atlantic Huron disappeared in the distance, we passed John D. Leitch,

passing the light at Charity Shoal, a light over an impact crater.

I love that steering pole.

 

Then Leitch entered the funnel, leaving Wolfe Island to port and downbound waters become the Saint Lawrence.

All photos from a few warmer months back by Will Van Dorp.

 

 

 

This post covers the St. Clair River (in the wee hours) and down to Detroit.  If it seems that it’s just a chronological series of photos of the voyage, well . . . yes, that’s what it is, and what’s wrong with that.

Can you identify the vessel that we passed between 0415 and 0430?  I’ll give the answer at the end of the post.

We followed Kaye E. Barker into the sixth Great Lakes. . .

Partway across, we both passed Atlantic Huron.

 

Just south of Belle Isle, we saw Bristol Bay with her barge and

still farther, Cheyenne light.

Federal Seto was moored near the Boblo-marked building, and

The last two boats for this post are Iver Bright and

Patricia Hoey.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

The mystery vessel was Paul R. Tregurtha.

 

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Crossing in front of Saginaw Bay, it was Federal Ruhr and

CSL St. Laurent . . . with its Seakeeper artwork on the superstructure.

Barge Ashtabula is pushed by

tug Defiance.

Then it’s Happy River and

(I believe) Saginaw.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

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Yesterday’s post covered some of the Wisconsin side of Lake Michigan.  Today it’s the Straits of Mackinac and part of the top of Lakes Huron.

Mesabi Miner headed for the mills at the south of Lake Michigan.

 

Great Republic passed between Mackinac Island and Round Island.

The following morning’s sunrise put golden colors on John J. Boland. 

Hon. James L. Oberstar followed Boland to the Staits.

Algoma Compass followed shortly behind.

Here was a surprise . . . . Highland Eagle heading for some more core sampling in the Straits.

 

Off Alpena, we crossed paths with Baie Comeau and

Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin.

More to come, provided that I find WIFI . . .

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

This begins a new series, and I’ll post only when I can get on WIFI.  “Montreal bound” will soon devolve to MB.  Logistics causes me to post with a few days lag, so I’m posting from Buffalo.

To start, this is the closest I’ve been to Roger Blough so far.  One of these years, I’ll see her in much greater detail.

Since I’ve switched vessels most of this years, here’s my former ride . . . Grande Mariner, Chicago bound.  By now she’s been in Chicago a few days.

Off Wisconsin, we passed Sarah Andrie towing A-390,

Tonawanda-bound.

At the Fincantieri Bay yard in Sturgeon Bay, I saw what I believe are portions of the new VanEnkevort barge.

At the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay, I enjoyed the works of its namesake and benefactor, Gerhard CF Miller, and this drawing from 1883.

No stop here would be complete without a glance at the Elizabeth NJ-built John Purves.

But leaving town by the ship canal, I had my greatest surprise . . . these two USCG 22′ ice rescue airboats.  The Door peninsula is happy they are here. 

I never knew the USCG had such equipment.  These are cell phone pics, because if I had run to my bunk to grab my camera . . . I would have missed the shot altogether.

All photos and any errors by Will Van Dorp.

 

 

Welcome to a series from around the Straits of Mackinac.

This vessel or vessels?

The nearer boat is American Mariner, and the farther, John J. Boland, both built in Sturgeon Bay WI.

 

Call this boogie boarding beneath the big bridge . . .

 

West of the Strait, we pass the unique Steward J Cort, once known as Stubby.

 

Is this mobile wheeled crane the hatch remover?

As we passed White Shoal Light, I lined up with Waugoshance in the distance, and then noticed

the tender, covered with a green tarp.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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.

Gott passed just south of Detroit, so let’s pick up the journey there.

On their way to Tall Ships Erie, Niagara above and Denis Sullivan below down bound under bare poles.

At a steel plant, Herbert C. Jackson offloads coal.

CSL Baie Comeau heads down bound.

Bushey tug transplanted to fresh waters, it’s Cheyenne reinventing herself.

Passing us near midtown, it’s the many-times reinvented  Lee A. Tregurtha,

sailing into a storm.

We’d not even gotten into Lake St Clair when the storm caught up with us . . . and this dinner boat heading south.

All photos by Will Van dorp.

Gott‘s been here often enough, but with these pics, I’ll devote a whole post to this “footer.”

Given the photo above, you might not suspect you’re looking at the front of a vessel 1004′ loa with the capacity of 74,000 tons.  And from boatnerd, source of all my info, Gott is powered by 19,5000 hp, the most powerful boat on the Lakes.

 

 

 

A beauty she is, IMHO.

Above Bois Blanc, Gott proceeds over to the Livingstone Channel, as we exit the Amherstburg Channel.  For a USGS report on this traffic separation scheme, click here.

Down and over, she heads for Nanticoke.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

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