Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Roger Blough at the Soo Locks

If there is one common denominator around boatwatchers is that everyone has their favorite ship.  Some people like the 1000 footers for their size.  Some like the St. Mary's Challenger for her age.  Some like the Ryerson for her 50's styling.  I like the Roger Blough.
 She's not the prettiest ship or the largest ship but in my opinion she is the meanest looking ship.
 At 105 feet wide, she is as wide as one of the 1000 footers but she's not quite the same length.  However, with that squat form, she still looks like she could take one on.
 The waters were partially calm, so I was getting some nice reflections in the water.
 The light was hitting the bridge just right, so it looked like was sporting a type of dazzle flage.
 As she waits patiently for the locks to open.
 Another shot.  I think this is probably one of my favorites of her.
 In this shot, you can see part of the forecastle of the Algoma Navigator.
 The Blough of course, would be entering the Poe Lock.
 She slowly eases her way in.

 A shot of her pilothouse.
 Another shot of her bow and pilothouse.
 Her stack.
 One of her anchors.
 In case you forgot who we were talking about here.
 Another closeup of her pilothouse.
 pulled back a little bit.
 One more shot of her bow.
And she starts to lower the 21 feet to reach Lake Huron level.

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