Wednesday, December 12, 2018

A Handful of Arrivals on Sunday

I decided that I wanted to go boatwatching on Sunday but I also saw a couple of planes that I would be interested in.  I had a little extra time to get a couple of planes so I stopped at the airport for a bit.
 First up was an A321 arriving from Atlanta.
 I call this plane a 757 wanna be because it looks kind of like a 757.
 But it still can't compare to the looks of a 757.
 I just love the looks of these planes.  Apparently they are fun to fly too.
 This particular plane was arriving from Seattle.
 I wonder if it had a load of coffee.
 It was followed by a 717.
 You can definitely see it's lineage to the DC-9.
 This particular one was arriving from O'Hare Airport in Chicago.
 I stuck around to catch an AeroMexico plane.
But for the life of me, I don't remember where this one came from.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Iver Bright

This ship was docked in Sarnia and I figured I would get one picture of her.
She is the Iver Bright and she was delivering chemicals to Sarnia.  She is owned by a company of the same name.  She was built in South Korea in 2012.  She was registered in Gilbraltar.

And the Miedwie

This is another ship that I wasn't sure if I was going to catch or not.  She was probably about an hour and a half behind the Juno.  I didn't catch her at Belle Isle and she was moving fairly slowly up the river.
But I managed to catch her in Port Huron.  She is another saltwater vessel that plies the Great Lakes.  Again, I don't remember where she was heading.

And Some Shots of the Pilot Boat

There are a few pilot transfer points on the Great Lakes.  It is a requirement that all foreign vessels have a Great Lakes Certified pilot on them.  From what I understand, the pilot doesn't actually pilot the vessel, he (or she) is only there to make sure they are following the rules.
 I think there is a pilot point when ships either enter or leave the Welland Canal.  There is another one in Detroit.  There is this pilot transfer point in Port Huron.  There is also one in Detour and the Soo Locks.  I think pilots will typically sail on the ship for a day.
 It's a pretty steady job if you don't mind transferring to a moving ship.
And one more shot.

And Another One of the Great Lakes Monsters

Another ship I was hoping to catch was the Edgar B. Speer.  As it was starting to get late in the day, I thought that I might be in a race against the sunlight before she came through Port Huron.
 As it turned out, it wasn't.  The lighting was just about perfect as she appeared.
 She was heading down to Conneaut, Ohio which meant she was carrying a load of taconite for the steel mills.
 That means that she loaded in either Duluth, Superior or Two Harbors.  Since I wasn't writing stuff down, I'm not sure which one of those ports.
 At any rate, it is roughly a three and a half day trip from one of those ports to Conneaut, Ohio.
 That kind of gives you an idea of the size of the Lakes.
 I loved the lighting.
 The setting sun was perfect.  A pilot boat passing by.

 And she continues down the river.
 She passes one of the boats in the next posts.
One more shot of her before calling it a day.

Sometimes Life Repeats

As I was catching the last ship, I noticed that this ship was starting her way up the river.
 As I was in Detroit, I saw that she was unloading at St. Clair.  Typically, she would be unloading coal there.  I'm not sure how long it takes ships to unload.  From what I understand, it depends on what they are unloading and where and the weather.
 Anyway, it was pretty nice to catch the McCarthy again, even though I caught her last weekend.
 It looks like she was on her way to Superior, Wisconsin.  So I think that means she is going to pick up another load of coal.
 Even though I've done this a while, it is still impressive to see a thousand footer.
 And the sun was still pretty cool.
 Although, it might have been too bright.
One more shot before moving on.

Catching the Juno

I decided to continue my boatwatching on Saturday but that meant heading up to Marysville.  These was one of the ships I couldn't catch at Belle Isle.  Sometimes if I miss ships at Belle Isle and they are heading upbound, I can catch them on the St. Clair River.  If I miss ships heading downbound on the St. Clair River, I can usually catch them in Detroit.
 As I haven't been boatwatching as much this year, I haven't seen very many salties this year.  I actually like the looks of salties as they give some degree of variation to the lake boats that I always see.
 However, there are some salties that are repeat visitors.  The Juno is no exception.  She is owned by Polish Steamship but like many saltwater vessels, she is registered in another country.
 In this case, she is registered in Nassau.  There are many financial benefits for a ship to be registered in another country.  In some cases, the safety regulations for that country are more lax.
 In other cases, their tax laws are more lax.  Since a foreign ship can visit a US port as long as it doesn't originate from a US port (and vice versa).  It doesn't matter where many international ships are registered.
 Nor does it really matter where they are built.  I think this particular ship was built in China.
 I think she was on her way to Chicago, but I don't remember for sure.
 I liked the light from Saturday.  It was a fairly clear day.
 She shows off her registration.  Sadly, her Bahamas flag wasn't flying.
 And then I caught her up in Port Huron as I was waiting for another ship.
 She approaches the Blue Water Bridge.
 And passes under the Blue Water Bridge.
I also got to witness a pilot exchange.