Port Lands Revisited
The pretty part of Toronto harbor is the part in yesterday’s post. Good old downtown.
But look across the harbor and you see it might not be so charming over where the Algolake sits.
The 488′ long cement carrier Stephen B. Roman is in winter lay-up at Essroc Cement at the mouth of the Keating Channel.
This speedy little ship is a former Canada Steamship Lines package freighter.
Her fleetmate, the barge Metis, sits in the next slip over.
With the Toronto Drydock fleet, we find the inactive tug Radium Yellowknife with the inactive passenger vessel The Senator.
The tugs Salvage Monarch and W.N. Twolan sit just behind the floating drydock Menier Consol.
The barge Rock Prince, built in 1904, sits at the head of the slip.
A layer of snow blows over the barge in front of me as I leave this slip… on to the next one.
In the next slip, the 404′ long cement carrier English River is laid up for the winter at LaFarge Cement. Like the nearby Roman, the English River is also a former Canada Steamship Lines package freighter.
English River, usually a winter staple in Toronto, was absent last winter due to her drydocking in St. Catharines.
English River exchnges glances with the much larger 730′ long Algolake.
The tug Ecosse is also present in the slip.
Across a parking lot I’m able to snap a bow view of the English River. It’s not great but I don’t get to see this boat very often.
And then a good bow shot of the Algolake with a flock of birds.
At this point my time in Toronto is done. After a long day of driving and walking – seven hours of it – it’s time to drive some more, over to the hotel.
Our hotel? It’s in Niagara Falls. I don’t usually visit the Falls when in the area, but this time it proved convenient as it was a perfect set-up for a busy February 23rd.
While there, I did indeed go down to the river… but not just for this view of the Rainbow Bridge to New York.
Who knew they had these cool waterfalls here?
And a casino!!! Now this trip is worth it.
But my face started to freeze off down here so I turned back. That concludes my photographic re-telling of yesterday. This morning I departed the Falls early and took a long and eventful road home. Stay tuned for a series of posts during the next few days!
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