Sorry for the break in posts yesterday, I was quite busy with another matter. But I’ll continue on with Sunday night’s plethora of photos now. I left off with the second post from Belle Isle, and will pick up from Delray Park downriver, where traffic was bustling.
Well, I’m not sure if three non-moving vessels count as “traffic”. Tecumseh is on the left, unloading grain at ADM. Algoma Enterprise, making her 2013 debut on this blog, is loading salt in the middle. Federal Rideau is on the right in the Ojibway Anchorage waiting for the Nicholson’s Terminal in Detroit to open up.
Hon. James L. Oberstar is quick to show up, as she checks down to begin her turn into the Rouge River.
However, she has to wait a few minutes before beginning to turn…
I could have sworn that middle boat was the Algoma Enterprise!
Wait… the Tecumseh?
It’s the tanker Algoeast, and once the passes, the Oberstar is free to make her 90 degree turn.
The geese dance as the two vessels pass.
This may be my first time capturing five ships in one shot on the Detroit River… you don’t see that often!
The Algoeast is 431 feet long and is the oldest self-powered product tanker operating on the Great Lakes (she was built back in 1977).
She’s my personal favorite of the Algoma tanker fleet, although her fellow veteran Algosar is a pleasure to see as well.
The Algoeast was built as the Texaco Brave, and later moved on as the Le Brave before spending a matter of months in 1998 as the Imperial St. Lawrence. It was that year that Algoma bought out the Imperial Tankers fleet and began the Algoma Tankers division. Algoeast is the only remaining member of that Imperial purchase.
She is on her way to the liquid products hub of Sarnia to load some sort of petroleum product.
Suddenly I find myself in the company of the Wyandotte-based cruise vessel Friendship.
I believe this is also the first time I’ve caught the Fridndship, Detroit Princess, and a Diamond Jack vessel in motion all in the same day.
Whoever Eldred is, I wish him the happiest of birthdays! What better way to age than by cruising the lovely Detroit River…
Friendship is a sharp-looking boat. She’s operated by Portofino’s Restaurant and is quite popular for river cruising.
Algoeast is still here too, passing the Sterling Fuels dock as she continues on her way.
Friendship makes it into the frame, so I get two deep-blue colored vessels together.
And now, I bid Algoeast farewell as well as Delray Park.
I have one more post coming from Sunday, so hang in there!
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