Late in Season Part I

The economy usually dictates how long into the winter lakers operate. When the economy is bad, they start heading for winter lay-up in October. This year that didn’t happen and everything that was running in September is running into November, but by the end of the eleventh month I’m sure more than one boat will have called it a year.

For me, November boatwatching on Belle Isle certainly isn’t June boatwatching on Belle Isle. But yet it is somehow the same, and I enjoy it almost as much. The only negative is the lack of sunlight and the part where you freeze your fingers off holding the camera. But I went out today anyhow.

I was never intending to catch the Tim S. Dool (on the right), but this was the best view I got of her as she headed off into Lake St. Clair. She passed by the beach a few minutes before my arrival on the island. I am waiting for the boat on the left.

There’s just something cool about a five-ship horizon… even I haven’t seen that here before. From left to right you see Kaye E. Barker, Wilfred M. Cohen and PML 9000 (the excessive smoke), Arthur M. Anderson, Sedna Desgagnes and Tim S. Dool.

The beach itself appears mostly bare yet still very much alive.

One of the neat things is the always-growing collection of old sewerage rocks or whatever that end up here. Pipes in rocks everywhere.

And now here comes Sedna during her second turn in front of Windmill Point.

Here’s another look at that horizon… all the boats are closer besides upbound Tim S. Dool.

Sedna pretends for a second that she is bigger than the distant Kaye E. Barker.

And well… she actually is bigger than Cohen/PML 9000.

The Chinese-built Sedna is very much Canadian, except in winter when she takes on overseas registry to trade, well, overseas.

She is a first-timer for me. She’s a 452′ long tweendeck heavy lift and general cargo vessel, so essentially she is very versatile and can handle practically any dry cargo.

Last week she grounded in the St. Lawrence Seaway while carrying a load of pig iron upbound for Marinette, Wisconsin. She was freed and continued after a day or two.

Sedna‘s design is in very common use around the world’s oceans, although the only other boat I have seen that shares the design is saltie BBC Campana.

Sedna has three sisters in the Desgagnes fleet, Rosaire A., Zelada, and ClaudA.

Right now Sedna is heading to Quebec City, although I’m not sure what the cargo is. Coal perhaps?

Note the modern workboat on the port side of her cabins… just a workboat or does it have a more specialized purpose?

Sedna passes by the one golden spot in the November sky as she approaches the CG station.

So… until we meet again, Sedna Desgagnes

That’s all for today. The second set of photos will be posted tomorrow, the final set on Tuesday.

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9 thoughts on “Late in Season Part I

  1. Tell me you stuck around long enough for Arthur Anderson pictures. It has been forever since I’ve seen her.

    I love that picture of 5 ships on the horizon. The closest I’ve come is three.

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