A New Perspective – Part II

After lunch, we jumped back into the Tin Can and went back out for the tail end of this “adventure.”

Hello, CSL Tadoussac

She was moving from one stone dock to another, and she looked menacing. She is 730′ long and is unique because of her flat stern and “pregnant guppy” side tanks that were added in 2001.

This shot would have been much better if the light was better, and also if CSL Tadoussac wasn’t as wide.

The tug William Dolard and her “fleetmates” have appeared many times here before (look for her on my tag cloud). She doesn’t run, and was formerly Princess No. 1. She is tucked up in the Old Rouge behind Zug Island (which is actually an island).

Titan, a former fish tug, is serviceable but doesn’t do much, if anything. She was previously Gotham.

M-150 appears to be the longest of the small barges hanging around there.

This barge is DAL something and appears to see use often.

Push Hog looks to be the only one of the three tugs actually in service.

Lac St. Jean, the McKeil Marine truck ferry barge, doesn’t appear to have entered service yet this year. Her tug Stormont is over at Morterm in Windsor.

Back out into the river, Edgar B. Speer is slowing and preparing to do a full 180 degree turn to get fuel at Mistersky.

We didn’t stick around to see the 1004 footer do her work, because we had other ships to catch.

The asphalt barge John J. Carrick was emerging from the Rouge River. She was my last boat of the 2011 calendar year. She was built overseas in 2009.

Her gawky articulated tug Victorious provides the power.

Also up the Rouge was the Andrie tug Rebecca Lynn pushing her oil barge A-397 upriver to Marathon.

A-397 is about 150 feet shorter than Carrick.

Then we chased Victorious out into the river.

They are turning to head downbound, possibly to Oshawa, Ontario.

We then zoomed down past Grassy Island to welcome Lakes Contender to the Detroit River. She is brand-spankin’-new and on her maiden voyage after being launched in Erie, Pennsylvania late last year.

I saw her in Erie at the shipyard back in March. She is running on charter to American Steamship and is owned by DonJon, the company that built her.

Her also-new ATB Ken Boothe Sr. pushes hard. She was checked down for Mistersky, but still making a lot of engine noise.

Boothe/Contender are identical to Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader. They were built in Sturgeon Bay and New Orleans, respectively, back in 2000.

This is my first time seeing a ship on her maiden voyage. So I wish my best to Lakes Contender and to her many smooth years of sailing these lakes.

But I’m not through photographing her yet. This light was just too good.

Oh look, now we’re playing little ATB vs. big ATB!

Carrick glides smoothly downriver. Ken Boothe Sr. is much taller than Victorious.

The Army Corps. of Engineers barge BC-6576 is at their base at Fort Wayne.

Two more photos: Edgar B. Speer is refueling at Mistersky before heading to Conneaut.

CSL Tadoussac is at Windsor Stone unloading. She opens and closes the post.

And that’s all from the Tin Can. Photos from Sunday tomorrow!

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14 thoughts on “A New Perspective – Part II

  1. The truck ferry has been sailing all year, but not on the week-ends. That will probably be the reason the ferry barge was laying iddle.
    Great pictures.


    John van der Doe.

  2. I think I might have just missed seeing you on the River. I caught Edgar Speer just after she was turning around and followed her down to the fuel docks. I kind of wish I would have gotten there sooner to see her turning around because I have to believe that would have been an impressive sight.

    I’m still torn about the ATB’s though. I’m glad it gives a freighter one last shot but it is so fricking ugly…..

    At anyrate, nice shots all around….even the one you said was in bad light.

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