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For the record, these photos I took over the course of about a day and a half.

Before we departed the Soo in late afternoon, these two classic lakers passed by . . . Saginaw and Frontenac.


The Rock Cut is the down bound lane on this section of the St Marys River.  It’s been there since the first decade of the 20th century, and widened deepened again in 1932 and 1960.  This was my first time to see it in daylight.

Neebish Islander II is at the ready.

As night falls and we approach Detour, Sharon M I passes.

We’d just missed Laura L VanEnkvort as we did the Rock Cut, but when we passed Clyde S. VanEnkvort in Lake Huron the next day and at about 10 miles distance, this is what she looked like.  I hope to get close ups off other VanEnkvorts this summer.

Since I’m alternating these sisters, I’m now on Voyager and got this shot of Navigator just before complete darkness and moonrise.

I’d love to know more about efforts to rebuild the 1910 Ste Clair after its fire now five years ago.

It’s good to see USCGC Penobscot Bay in the Motor City.

The Detroit river someday not so soon promises to be crossed by two bridges . . . .

Ex-Huron Maid now does 48222 mail service as well as pilot duty.

Note that the iconic building with the Boblo Island sign is disappearing.

American Mariner moves down bound, as 

does Federal Yukon.

And we’ll leave it here . . .  all photos and any errors, WVD.  Maybe that’s my new nom de blog.

Let’s start with Sugar Islander II moving school kids and commuters across from the Island to the US Soo.

The 1951 Empire State was tied up near those kayaks.

Not far away was Superior Pilot

Maybe someone can help out with more info on Soo Marine Supply’s 60′.

Iowa and Wyoming wait for the next job.  Between them, they have 202 years of work, with Iowa dating from 1915.

Stephan M. Asher has worked since 1954.

Owen M. Frederick and Cheraw are USACE boats.

Into the McArthur lock we go. 

In the distance Federal Yukina discharged some dry bulk material, ore maybe. 

discharge a dry bulk material.

Queen of the lakes Paul has started the climb into Lake Superior.

Norgoma is still in limbo. 

The 1943 Mississagi is disappearing piece by piece. She last appeared intact on this blog here

This is my first time to post a photo of the 1976 Block.

Buckthorn heads up into Superior.


It’s active season on the Lakes, and Edgar B. Speer and all the others shuttle their contribution to the millions of tons of cargo per year.

Is she the only laker with this design of self-unloader?

Nokomis takes sightseers through the McArthur. 

And someone’s taking a break from the galley of Walter J, 

as they head for Superior.

All photos, any errors, WVD.


Let’s start with Poverty Island . . . and the light considered the US most endangered lighthouse.

Candace Elise used to operate as Stephen Dann.

Manitowoc makes its way west into Lake Michigan. 

Buckthorn backs out of Mackinac Island and heads for Lake Superior.

In a short time, two footers passed by:   American Integrity headed west. 

Corsair brought in the hay and flowers . .  for horses and bees maybe.

Burns Harbor made its way back up to Superior.   Burns and Integrity are two of the 13 “footers” working on the upper Lakes.

John D. Leitch has an unmistakeable profile.

Two more “footers” awaited us before we got to Sugar Island.


That’s Sugar Islander II in between the two boats, and that’s where we’ll start next post.


I love the hanging benches and bicycle on the balconies of American Century. 

All photos and any errors, WVD.

The LL2 designation will mean the second hitch, one that began and will end in Chicago.  

North of Navy Pier, jetty work was ongoing at the same time–holiday weekend–as a group sail or race.

David R. Shanock (ex-HA Walker),launched 1978, delivers a scow, with rock, I believe. 

The newly repainted but still coal-burning Badger took our stern. I take from this article that she will burn coal until the next fuel source is adopted.

Work has begun on Biscayne Bay, now that she’s up in the dry dock. 

The real excitement for me came when I witnessed a drill going on. 

Call it lower away, perform the needed maneuvers, and then haul it back into its davits.



All photos, any errors, WVD.

Catching up . . . it’s a never-ending task, but a useful one.  Let’s start with these two tugboats still under wraps at Isle aux Coudres Ocean shipyard. It’s not the best image, but with the wind, it was the best I could get. Anyone help with identification?

RF Grant is a 1934 tug up on a marine railway on Île d’Orléans, just downstream from Quebec City.

At the main Ocean Group yard, it’s Ocean’s Taiga and Tundra, and Clovis T.

Ocean Henry Bain is on the inland side.

Quebec is inseparable with their blue.

Cue the next day and farther upstream, it’s Aldo H.

Boatmen 6 and more at their dock.

Nearer the port, it’s Ocean Serge Genois and Ocean Bertrand Jeansonne.

Excuse the blurred shot, but it’s Ocean Pierre Julien and Ocean Jupiter.  Particulars on all the Ocean boats can be found here

As we climb higher up the Saint Lawrence, we get to the US DOT boats, Robinson Bay and the brand new

brand-spanking-new Seaway Trident.

For our last boat today, it’s Seaway Joan, a Lake Michigan 1952 boat, a great name and great little boat.

All photos taken in May 2023, WVD.

I’m traveling and was thinking not to post, but these are just too good to pass up.

It’s a very familiar looking livery for folks familiar with the sixth boro and many other places . . .  the lion boats.

What’s not familiar though is the background . . .

given that this is late May, but it’s Ann T Cheramie departing Kodiak!

Many thanks to Clay W for passing these photos along.

Regionally speaking, Andrew, along with 

Roderick and Nancy, could be said to sail in maritime waters.

In the maritime province of Nova Scotia, though, I caught up with Atlantic Towing Limited tugboats Atlantic Oak,

Atlantic Cedar

Atlantic Fir, and 


Atlantic Elm.  Given their extensive fleet, it seems I need to make my way back here.  Other than returning in October, I’m not sure when that will happen, but now it’s a goal.  

Seeing the Canso Strait, first hand and after being introduced to it by my friend Jack Ronalds,  satisfied a curiosity.

Behold Spitzer Bedford, Spitzer Montreal, and Point Chebucto.

All photos, any errors, WVD.

Is that really USS Cole (DDG 67)?

I’ve not seen it mentioned much in media coverage today.

Ocean survey vessel HMS Scott (H131) and why the 

penguin?  Answer follows.


USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), a dock landing ship is named after a former president’s residence!

ITS Virginio Fasan (F 591) is an Italian frigate.  Click here for the namesake.

USCGC Warren Deyampert (WPC-1151) has a quite interesting namesake story.

Deyampert and Ollis meet

HMCS Glace Bay (MM 701) is a Canadian coastal defence vessel, as spelled in Canadian English.

 USS Wasp (LHD-1) history can be read here.

Is that a Harrier AV-8B?


USNS Newport (T-EPF-12) can transport over 300 troops at almost 50 mph.

I’d love to tour it.


All photos this morning, WVD.

OK, H131 is named for RF Scott, the explorer.

On this date in May 2013, I was near Portland OR scanning slides, images Seth Tane had taken decades earlier.  

The images have value in a macro sense, not the small details but rather the extent of change in the past almost 50 years. 

Tomorrow (2023) the fleet comes in.  But what year did LCC-20 come in . . . maybe 1985 or 1986?  It seems she’s still active. I now believe that lightship is the former LV-84.

But there are details here too, like these.  Might these two tugs be what’s more commonly known to me as Christine M. McAllister and H. J. Reinauer?   And look at the crowds!!

Is this the former lightship St. Clair?

Will this former tanker, former crane ship be fodder for underwater archeologists of the 22nd century?

I’d love to see this tugboat today.

What a different skyline!!  The Esso tanker’s been scrapped two decades already. 

Kehoe tugs have appeared here on this blog a few years ago.  Here in this fog, they look every bit to be a fading past.

All photos, thanks to Seth Tane.  Any errors, WVD.

If you’ve got time and inclination and an interest in the comments of a decade ago, click in the links below for that journey back in time to 6 b 5  d   aka sixth boro fifth dimension posts . . . .

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6B5D 3

6B5D 4

6B5D 5

6B5D 6

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This is one of my last KVK photos of Ireland.  Eventually, a few years ago, she went upstate to Lake Ontario for repowering and much more.  She’s currently in the NYS canals, heading back towards the sixth boro, down the Hudson but then past and all the way to the Mississippi River watershed.  So if you’re north of the boro in the next few days, be on the lookout for  . . .  Hoppiness!!  See the end of this post.

In May 2013, I spotted this yacht coming in through the Narrows;  Nomada, it turns out, began life in 1943 as a Canadian navy tug, seen here. I’m not sure of Nomada‘s whereabouts today.

Specialist was getting spa treatment here, a few years before her tragic demise. 

Doro aka Dorothy J was at the same spa that day. 

Doris Moran towed in a new floating dry dock for Caddells, with James Turecamo steering the stern. 

State of Maine was in the boro.  As of this posting, she’s NE bound off Long Island about a hundred miles from the sixth boro, if I’m not in a time warp.  By the way, TS Empire State VII is still being completed on the Delaware, and will be making her maiden arrival in the boro in the summer, at a date so far not published. 

Speaking of Maine, I had a memorable sojourn in Belfast just a decade ago, and took in all the collections at Maine Maritime Museum.  It’s likely high time I get back there. 

During the 15 years I spent in the northern two-thirds of New England, boats like these were often on my mind and in my view.

In May 2013, Zumwalt DDG-1000 was in its final stages of completion. 


As of this morning, as was the case a decade ago, Fournier Tractor was ready for action in Belfast harbor. 

And here from the NYS Canals, photos of Hoppiness eastbound taken by a westbound yacht delivery captain . . .

Check out their progress on FB.  They’re likely transiting the middle portion of the the state canals today.

All photos except the last two, any errors, WVD.


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