Next up is the ship that made this a shipwatching day instead of a going to Belle Isle day.
Before I get into the pictures, a little terminology. The term "straight decker" refers to a ship that does not have the self-unloading equipment. When I refer to the classic Great Lakes configuration, this is the type of ship that I should be referring to, as this is the type that has sailed the Great Lakes for a long time. However, since the self-unloader has been around for a while, I can still cheat and refer to those as classics.
The advantage of the self-unloader is that the port doesn't have to provide unloading equipment for the ship. Self-unloaders also require less time in port because they unload quicker. Since a ship sitting in port is a ship that is not making money, the shipping companies prefer the self-unloaders. As result, straight deckers are getting to be rarer on the lakes.
friend of mine caught her on her re-maiden voyage. I was hoping to catch her on that day but I dallied too long and she ended up fueling instead of going where I expected her to go.