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I paddled up Buffalo River, and saw West Wind and a smaller twin screw,
G-tugs Vermont and Washington,
and my goal . . . SS Columbia.
Retracing my path, I had to pay respect to Edward M. Cotter, BFD and built in Elizabeth NJ.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who has no time to embed links because he is headed for Cleveland.
SS Columbia and her resurrection . . . back in November 2011, when I took this photo in Detroit, I was not a believer.
But a year ago, she was towed from Detroit to a Toledo graving dock for inspection and most urgent hull repairs. The photo below and some of those that follow are used with permission from the SS Columbia project.
This past summer she was refloated, and
departing the Maumee River by 1030.
The next two photos were taken by Luke Wark . . . late afternoon September on a very placid Lake Erie. Now note what happens to the stack in the next few photos.
David Torke captures the tow arriving off Buffalo and
up the canal to its new but temporary dock . . . .
Many thanks to Ian Danic for permission to use these photos. You can keep informed about the project through this website.
Click here for the article from Professional Mariner.
Unlike the case in saltwater vessels, Great Lakes ships like Herbert C. Jackson and M. V. Algolake tie up for the winter; maintenance happens, but no cargo gets moved. Re-opening of the Soo Locks is about three weeks away . . . March 25.
The sixth boro has been virtually snowless this winter; not so, though, areas along the North Coast. Alice E (1950) hibernates in Benton Harbor.
Although rough as the Great Lakes can be, there was no ice on the St. Joseph pier when Ken took this foto.
Harold Tartell and Jan van der Doe were 100% correct in their identification of the white-striped red self-unloading vessel in Road Fotos 11. It is the Arthur M. Anderson. I didn’t get to see it close up, but through the magic of YouTube, it’s rubbing-or-scrapping distance here. At about a minute into the video, you learn how the can be that close.
One of the joys of gallivanting is meeting new folks; this was especially true here. One person on this waterfront had a focus I recognized; he carried a zoom camera and looked at the same things I did. Seeing me take a foto of Arthur M. Anderson, he said its name (which I’d not been thinking of). Then he added, “And farther down there, it’s American Integrity.” Check out Ken’s blog here. Here are some highlights of Ken’s blog: American Century, the Westcott delivering mail to a passing vessel, Stephen B. Roman, a 1000-footer dwarfed by “big mac“, and check this one . . . the Huron Lightship . . . which I spotted from the Blue Water Bridge but couldn’t quite figure out. When I have more time, I plan to digest Ken’s archives, now added to my blog roll.
My zoom camera quit as this vessel approached, frustrating because I’d recognized the Algoma bear logo. And I’d assumed it was a bulk carrier too, as I thought that was Algoma’s only business, but Algosar is a tanker. See her history here.
Just south of the Ambassador Bridge, Dutch-flagged Moezelborg transfers cargo near the now-abandoned Boblo Island Detroit dock building. Boblo lives on but only in the way that this whole list of defunct amusement parks does. When Moezelborg left the international port of Detroit, she headed north, west, and south for the next international port of Chicago.
Here’s another shot of the two steamers that served Boblo Island, SS Columbia and SS Ste Claire. I wanted to get better shots but even as I got this–along with my anonymous partner–we were threatened with arrest for trespassing, which I firmly believe we were NOT doing. Here and here are more links for Ste Claire. The second one is a video of a tour of Ste Claire, interesting video but unfortunate audio.
I have returned to the sixth boro, but part of my heart got left behind in Detroit, a place of both rust and new molten steel.
Here, fun but otherwise a propos of nothing except a post on the official end-of-hurricane-season, check out “bone in its teeth” blog.