Monday, September 18, 2017

A Train Passes Willis, MI

After catching boats, I decided to head to a place called Bone Head BBQ.  It is in a place called Willis, MI.  Willis is roughly at Rawsonville and Willis Road and about 5 miles south of Ypsilanti.  The food there was pretty good.
 Anyway, there is a track passing behind the restaurant and I was hoping to catch a train because it is a fairly active one.  It is the track between Milan and the yard in Dearborn.
 As I was finishing dinner, I heard a train passing the restaurant.  Just to make sure, I looked at the signal light and saw that it was green.
 Shortly after that, I saw the train.
It wasn't too long though.

And the Ojibway Makes Eleven

I think I've seen more than ten ships in one day once.  That was also on a day where I woke up at five in the morning and got to Port Huron early enough to catch the ship at first light.
 I was about ready to leave when I saw that there was one more ship approaching.  She was probably about a half hour after the St Clair.  I was getting kind of anxious to get home at this point but it was a ship I wanted to see.
 The Ojibway started life as the Charles L. Hutchinson and was built at Defoe Shipyard in Bay City, Michigan.  Bay City is my home town, so this is a special boat to me.  I think she may be the last Defoe built ship actively sailing.  I know that there are some other boats but they are not active at the moment (but they should be).
 Because the Ojibway is a straight decker (i.e., no self-unloading mechanism), she is mostly used for the grain trades.
 And they don't normally start moving grain until August or September.
 As I was taking these pictures, she was on her way to Sorel which is half way between Montreal and Trois Rivieres.  As I am typing this, she is there.
 She is a nice looking boat.

 A shot of her pilothouse.
 The Canadian Flag flapping the breeze.
And one more shot before calling it a day.

The St Clair on the St Clair River passing St Clair

Many of the ships on the Great Lakes are named after the rivers or lakes that they may pass over.
 And of course, there is usually a city on the River that shares the name.
 So it's kind of cool to see the ship sailing on the River she is named after.  It is even cooler to see one passing the city too.  That was the case this time.
 I call the St Clair the Faux Footer because she looks like she could be a thousand footer.
 But at only 770 feet long, she's not.  But sometimes it's more important to look green than to be green.
 I think she was in long term layup for the past year, so it is nice to see her out and about.

And she continues on her way.

And the Whitefish Bay

It has been a while since I've had a boatwatching day this productive in a long time.
 The Whitefish Bay starts to pass the Evans Spirit.  Again, I'm not sure where the Whitefish Bay was heading from.
 The Whitefish Bay is part of the Trillium class of ships.  This is the Canada Steamship Lines equivalent of the Equinox Class.
 All of these ships are built in China but I think that Canada Steamship Lines is only building six of them.  However, that doesn't preclude them building more.
 Many people dog on Algoma Central for the appearance of their boats, but this one came out at roughly the same time as the Equinox and I think the Equinox looks better.
 But then again, it is tough for any ship to look bad in these conditions.
And one more shot before she passes on.

And An Old Visitor

It's hard to believe that the next ship is four years old.
 The Algoma Equinox made her first appearance on the Great Lakes in 2013.  She was the lead ship of a new class of Algoma Central ships.
 And because these were built in China, there was some controversy involved.  Despite that, I think she is a pretty nice looking boat.
 Of course, she doesn't look as pristine as when she first appeared on this blog.
 But she looks pretty nice.
And one more shot.

And Another New Visitor

I should have mentioned in the last post that the Jacqueline C was a new visitor to this blog.  I wont forget to mention that for the next ship.
 The Evans Spirit was born in 2007 as the Spavalda.  She was built at the Royal Niestern Sander in Delfzijl, Netherlands.  That name should familiar as many of the Wagenborg ships are built there.
 Last year, she was brought over here and some work was done to her and she was renamed the Evans Spirit.
 She is 459 feet long and 68 feet wide.  She can carry 14,650 tons of cargo.  She is flagged Canadian.
Once again, I'm not sure where she was headed.

And a British Contribution

Next up is a ship from Jolly Old England.  Because there were so many ships passing in such a short time, I just decided to spend my afternoon in St. Clair.  The Harbour Fountain, this ship and the next ship all passed within roughly one and half hours of each other.  There were also some upbound ship coming while these ships were passing.  It was pretty cool because I haven't seen the river this busy in a while.
 The Jacqueline C is a ship owned by the Carisbrooke Shipping Company out of Cowes, England.  Unlike many European ships, she is actually flagged to her home country.
 The Jacqueline C was built in Yangzijiang in China in 2009.
 I don't have English dimension and I don't feel like converting, so I'll leave her dimensions in SI units.
 She is 138 meters long and 21 meters wide.  I'm not sure about her capacity.  I would imagine that when she came to the lakes, she was carrying windmill blades like many of her sisters.  I'm not sure what she's carrying back.
At any rate, she's on her way to Baltimore.
And she passes the subject of one of the next posts.