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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.

 

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.

A combo of current and breeze makes for spectacular splash . . .

And in a place of such clear water and natural beauty . . .

it’s uplifting.

Even with stolid lakers like John J. Boland and American

Mariner, this interplay of forces makes a display.

Small boats appear nearly submerged.

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This appears to be a training chase . . .

It’s not surprising the original inhabitants thought this place was Eden.

All photos by will Van Dorp.

 

Now and then I see something that intrigues me more than a routine amount.  This lighthouse looked to have been bombed.  It turns out . . . it had!  Waugoshance Light was used for bombing practice during WW2.  The light is at the west end of Wilderness State Park, home to wolves and bears.

Farther west is White Shoal Light.  At one time, lightships marked Grays Reef Passage.

Overtaking us was   . . .  name it?  . . .

John J. Boland. 

While Boland heads for the Soo, John D. Leitch headed west and then south.

Leitch is six years older than Boland, and although 50′ longer, she has the same capacity as Boland.

 

 

 

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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