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Another quick post.  Names are here:  Theodore alias Pierre Marcotte.

Oceanex Connaigra.

Newbuild Seaway Trident under a setting moon.

Poetry in the wires.

Mia Desgagnes

Isabelle G

Seaway Joan going to a job

Seaway Pilot V

Fans of Wolfe Island.

Gliding past Toronto Islands and into 

Toronto at daybreak, where Amy Lynn D is docked.

All photos and any errors, WVD.

I’d put Orsula down as saltie, an ocean-going vessel of dimensions that allow her to travel deep freshwater inland, here a few days after the longest day of 2017 as far inland as Duluth; that’s 2000 miles from the Ocean.  In fact, here she’s headed for Europe, likely with a cargo of grain.  Last year, I caught her upbound just above Montreal.

Calling Atlantic Olive a saltie might be disputed, since here she’s departing the saltwater of NYC for the saltwater of the sea.  Olives can be salty, and maybe there needs to be a term for vessels that never leave saltwater . . .  other than ocean-going.

Ditto Onxy Arrow.  But since part of the goal of this post is to illustrate the variety of ocean-going vessels, behold a RORO. As cargo, there might be cars, trucks, army tanks, construction equipment, or anything else that can get itself aboard of its own power.  You might remember this previous post involving Onyx Arrow.

Marc Levinson’s The Box provides a good introduction to this relatively new shipping concept.

The sixth boro sees a lot of tankers and

container ships.

ACL offers the latest design in CONRO vessels, accommodating both containerized and RORO cargo.

Some bulk carriers have self-unloading gear.

Some otherwise obsolete break bulk cargo ships are adaptively repurposed as training vessels. 

Size is key to true salties being able transport far into the interior of North America via the Saint Lawrence Seaway locks.

This is not a cargo vessel, or as Magritte might have said, “Ceci n’est pas un cargo.”

Some CONRO vessels have the bridge forward, almost as an adaptation of a classic laker design.

And to operate in cold seas, hulls have special design and material modifications.

And at risk of making this a baker’s dozen, I have to add Orange Ocean, great name for a transporter of my favorite fluid.  Of course, this blogger cherishes other fluids as well, such as those once transported by the likes of Angelo Petri, as seen here and here.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who offers this as just 12 of many  more types.


As we head upstream into Montreal, an orange dawn greets us from beyond Sainte-Anne de Varennes Basilica.


Closer to Montreal, a line of ships awaits, three at anchor and two down bound.






Ocean Intrepide switches the pilots.


If I’d been sleep-deprived, my first sense of Biosphere might have been a nearby planet beyond Buffalo-built  American Mariner. 


I recognized Balder immediately, new name notwithstanding.


And the raised metal confirmed my suspicion.


I was not expecting to learn of this direct link to a distant archipelago rich in lobsters and road salt, but one of these years, that’s a trip I’d love to do both for the destination--Îles de la Madeleine–and the journey.


I have no photos to prove it, but I wanted to experience Lachine Rapids, so I took a surprisingly enjoyable tour in one of these get-very-wet boats.


I wanted to see the rapids, because without this perceived barrier to reaching China from here, Montreal might not have become a city.


Because we tied up at Bickerdike terminal, we had the good fortune to see these Svitzer tugs and




Oceanex Connaigra


here passing the Clock Tower.



All photos by Will Van Dorp, who comes to the end of the actual trip with this post and who will now recap the same trip with some of the details left out.

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