Chronicles of Sarnia: Book 2
I mean not to steal C. S. Lewis’s thunder when I use this title for my post, but… there’s something about boats that is just more exciting than lions, witches, and wardrobes!
In years past I have always waited until the end of the navigation season to go to Sarnia, once the entire winter fleet is in. This year I purposefully jumped the gun, so this is only most of the Sarnia lay-up fleet for this year. They will be joined by more boats later in the month.
Feel free to compare with last winter’s Sarnia post. The differences should be aplenty!
I will say I am happy to welcome Kailary to the Sarnia winter fleet. I saw her in her home port of Port Dover last summer… see if you can find her in the background of one of the photos in that post! She is a cute little pleasure tug and is wintering in the North End of the North Slip. She has to share it, though.
And with none other than the battered old Mississagi!
The 1943-built self-unloader is in for the winter, waiting for some of her fleetmates to join her here in the North Slip.
The ship is in rough shape, and crews were all over her this morning.
I couldn’t resist this shot… the moment I pulled into the parking lot behind the Cargill Slip three CN engines rolled by toward the elevators.
The newest member of Sarnia’s commercial fleet is the tug Lime Island, a former Fraser Shipyard tug now owned by Sarnia’s Babcock Marine Services. She is accompanied by her small barge at the Government Dock.
Looks like somebody needs a touch-up…
Fleetmates Algosoo and Peter R. Cresswell are backed into the North Slip together, and neither one is looking particularly sharp at the moment.
They are accompanied by the fish tug Evalina.
On the contrary, there is a ton of work going on here… most of it appears to be on the Algosoo.
In March she will depart for Sturgeon Bay, WI where she will get her 5-year survey and hopefully a new coat of paint.
I didn’t get any good angles on the Cresswell, but I saw her almost a week ago on her last trip of the season.
Algorail is the boat I took the most photos of.
The Sydney E. Smith dock is the only full-access lay-up dock in Sarnia, so lots of angles are possible here.
Including a shot of her tanker fleetmate Algosar in lay-up in the south end of the North Slip.
In case you’re curious, I did mean for this shot to be crooked… there’s something about it that I like that way.
There was not a soul around the 640′ Rail, not a worker was to be seen. Somebody was onboard, though – the ladder leading to the deck was open and free of obstruction.
I decided not to invite myself aboard, however.
She isn’t looking too fresh herself… none of the boats here do, except maybe Algosar.
One more shot at the bow end before I go to the other end of the dock.
A work barge is in the water by her stern, and with nobody around I could’ve easily walked onto that as well… strange.
Note the ladder. Tempting, right?
I had to walk through the snow to her stern lines to get a decent stern view of the Rail. No decent full hull views from the bow were available at this dock.
Consider this a preview for tomorrow’s post, because like I said, I went before the end of the navigation season this time. The river is bustling.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you have enjoyed “book two” of the Chronicles of Sarnia… but the series must go on. Some other time. Maybe later this winter, or even next winter.
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