Friday, April 29, 2016

View of Cleveland from Wendy Park

Since I was in the neighborhood, I decided to get some shots of the Whiskey Island Coast Guard Station.
 I love the view of the Cleveland Skyline from this park.
 The train bridge.  The train was passing through as I was approaching the park, so I didn't get any pictures of it.
 this was as far as I could get.  Apparently, they are working on the station.  If the article I found is correct, this should be done by the end of the summer. It would be nice to see it in better shape.  I just hope it's more to renovate it rather than convert it something private.
 Another view of the skyline.
 A view of the skyline with the rail bridge.  I kind of like this view.
Another angle of the station from another part of the park.  They definitely need to work on it.
I believe this is the Cleveland West Pier Lighthouse.
And the East Pier Lighthouse.  Sadly, I didn't feel like taking too many more pictures but I was happy with the ones  I got.

Chasing Sam Laud

I decided to take today off.  I was thinking that I might have a chance to catch the Stewart Cort heading into Burn Harbor but that didn't happen.  Then I looked at AIS and saw a handful of ships heading towards Port Huron and I was thinking about going up there.  And then I saw that there were a couple of ships going into Cleveland.  One of them was a ship that I haven't seen in a while and another I was hoping to catch as she was coming in.
 As it was, I messed around too much before leaving.  I decided to do my laundry so that I would have that out of the way.  Especially since it looked like I would be in Cleveland for a while.
 As a result, I wasn't able to catch the Laud coming in but that was okay because I think these make for some cool pictures.  As you can see, it was a little foggy in Cleveland today but I didn't get too many pictures of that.
 It's kind of neat to see a ship unloading.
 Although she wasn't quite unloading yet.
 But I did like all of the train cars in the picture.
 I think her crane was starting to move.
 It definitely was here.  Typically when a ship comes to Cleveland, she has to unload a little at this terminal before she can make the journey up the Cuyahoga.  I'm honestly, not sure how long it takes to do this.
 For a while, it looked like the other ship I was hunting was heading somewhere else.  So I decided to head over there.  When it looked like that wasn't happening, I headed back to Cleveland.  The Laud was still unloading.
 But the weather was a little better.  So I got some different shots.
 It was kind of cool.
 As I was heading back to the car, I heard the stirring of a diesel engine, so I decided to head back. 
 It was pretty cool to see a train engine with the ship.  This kind of reminds me of the poster at the Soo Locks that compares what a ship carries to what a train can carry.  As you can see, the ship can carry much more.
 The engine backs out as the ship continues her unload.
 the engine nearly disappears.
As it was, the other ship wasn't going to appear for another couple of hours and I wasn't sure how much longer it was before the Laud would make the trip down the Cuyahoga.  As I was leaving, I saw a plane overhead and missed my chance for my trifecta.  Oh well, maybe some other time.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Watching the Planes Fly By

Since I had some time, I decided to stop at the airport for a few minutes to get some pictures.  The sun was perfect and the planes were taking off to the north.   I ended up stopping at the little spot on Wick Road.
 First up was a Boeing 717 which is operated by Delta Airlines.  As I was taking the picture, she was on her way to Chicago's O'Hare Airport.  From there, it will fly back to Detroit and then up to Cherry International Airport near Traverse City, MI.  Tomorrow morning, it will head back to Detroit and then will continue on to Indianapolis.
 This Airbus 319 was on its way to LaGuardia Airport in New York as I was taking this picture.
 This American Airlines Airbus 320 was taking off for a flight to the Phoenix Sky Harbor.  As I write this post, it is on its way to Seattle.  From there it will go back to Phoenix and then Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta.
 Another shot of that plane.
 This Canadair Regional Jet was on it's way to General Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee.  Mitchell was a strong proponent of US Air Power and had the B-25 named after him.  From Milwaukee it will head back to Detroit.
 This MD-88 is on it's way to Minneapolis-St Paul Airport.  As I type this post, it is heading to Philadelphia.
 Frontier Airlines has one of my favorite liveries.  Typically they will have some sort of animal on them.  Frontier is based out of Denver, Colorado and was founded in 1994.  They mostly operate in the west but have a few flights out this way.
 This is a Boeing 737 operated by Delta Airlines.
 This particular 767 is operated by Delta Airlines (obviously) and was on its way to Las Vegas.  I will say Good Luck to the passengers.
One of my favorite passenger aircraft is the Boeing 757.  For some reason, I think they look like graceful aircraft.

The Calumet Passes Milliken State Park

So the ship in question was the Calumet.
 As I've said before, I like the looks of this particular class of ships.  With their pilothouse and sleek shape, they remind me of a warship of some sort.  I could somehow imagine a set of 5" guns on the deck somewhere.
 It was alot nicer today than it was yesterday, but it was still a little chilly on the river.  Especially when the wind was blowing.
 This particular journey started for the Calumet when she loaded what I would presume to be limestone in Calcite which is near Rogers City, Michigan.
 She will take that to Cleveland, Ohio.  I think the total journey is under 24 hours.
 As I said, she's a pretty cool looking boat.
 The clouds looked pretty cool too.
 I'm not a huge fan of taking pictures from Milliken.  There aren't too many places where there is a clear background.  However, it's not too bad in the scheme of things.
 She passes the Windsor Casino.
And she continues on her way down the Detroit River.

A Schweizer SGM 2-37 Flies Overhead

I was up at our Troy office today, so I decided to head back via Detroit because I saw that there would be a ship passing by at roughly the same time as I would be passing by.
 As I was waiting for the ship, I saw this airplane pass overhead.  Based on the wingspan, I figured it was some sort of glider.  Based on the propeller, I then figured that it was a powered glider.
 It turns out that this is a Schweizer SGM 2-37 motor glider.  The aircraft was initially developed for the United States Air Force Academy for use as a glider trainer.  It first flew in 1982 and was retired from Air Force service in 2003.
 It is powered by a Lycoming O-235 engine with 112 hp.  This gives it a cruise speed of 114 miles per hour. 
A total of 12 aircraft were built, of which 9 were used by the Air Force.  This particular one belongs to the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum in Detroit, MI.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Brief Night of Planewatching

Then I decided to head over to Metro Airport for some planewatching.  First I tried the North Cell Phone lot.  I probably would have liked it better if it were warmer tonight.  As it was, the view wasn't that great.  So then I headed over to the south lot.
 They were landing from the south and I don't really like the views then.  I believe this is an American Airlines DC-9 variant.
 The rest of these are regional jets.
 There is one thing I like about that lot, the planes come right over you.  I just wish there weren't the trees to the south.  I would love a longer view of the aircraft.
Oh well.  I guess it wasn't that bad.