Smooth Red Cedar
Busy summers mean that I sometimes have more time to take photos then I do to post them, so after a busy week I’m back, and tonight I’ll pick up with what I shot on the evening of July 25th.
I showed up at Delray Park, and was initially greeted by the diligent mailboat J.W. Westcott II making her way to Zug Island.
She is heading over there to deliver the mail to the 1004-foot long American Spirit as she unloads a a taconite cargo at Zug.
The tug Stormont returns to Windsor after making her last run of the day with the truck ferry barge Lac St. Jean. She dropped the barge on the Detroit side before heading back.
And now, here’s what I came for.
Tecumseh, on the left, is in temporary lay-up at the ADM Elevators in Windsor. Cedarglen, on the right, looks sharp in her new coat of CSL red.
Do you mind…?
Cedarglen is one of those boats what has historically given me a lot of trouble over the years, meaning that I rarely ever catch her. After wearing black her entire career as a laker, she sports red for the first time in 2013.
I’ve been out to catch her all year since the paint change, but she’s been as elusive as elusive can be, considering that she passes Detroit twice every seven days…
She usually carries coal and sometimes grain, but this time she is on her way to Silver Bay, Minnesota to load taconite for Quebec City.
A unique vessel, Cedarglen is the sole survivor of three identical sisters converted to lakers from salties in the late 1970s. All three have suffered fires in their rear accomodation areas, but clearly the Cedarglen ultimately came out least harmed in the long run.
Her starboard bridge wing was shortened in 2005 to allow her to load taconite in Marquette, Michigan, and she never visited the port again until just a few weeks ago. I guess it was worth it after all.
Upon initially becoming a laker, she sailed as Montcliffe Hall for the Hall Corporation of Canada. When they exited the business in 1988, she was turned over to N.M. Paterson and Sons, becoming Cartierdoc. CSL became owners in 2002, and she took on her current name.
It’s the stern end of the vessel that’s most intriguing, as she is now one-of-a-kind on the Great Lakes.
And off goes the smooth, red Cedarglen.
The name of this post stems from a misinterpretation of the lyrics of one of my favorite songs – turns out the actual line is “smooth retsina”.
Downtown Detroit is in her sights, and in 48 hours, Silver Bay will be too.
And back goes the Westcott, ending this post the same way it began.
Going back to what I said at the beginning of the post, I have um, quite a bit more to post.
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