Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Arthur M. Anderson on the St Clair River

Next up is the Arthur M. Anderson.
 The Anderson was at anchor with the Philip R. Clarke and Cason J. Callaway.  I was hoping that I would be able to see those three ships come down the River together.  But apparently, they only released the Anderson to go down next.  I'm not going to complain too much though because they could have released a couple of ships I don't like as much.
 She makes her final turn to enter the channel.  There wasn't quite as much ice up at Port Huron as there was at other points on the river, but there was enough.
 I only had a brief headshot though but the sun decided to peek through the clouds at the right time for me.
 She was still lit by the sun in this picture.  I kind of like the contrast against the grayish sky.
 She starts to pass by.
 A shot of her and the Bridge.
 And she passes by the Casino.
 I kind of liked her reflection in the sheets of ice on the river.
 A shot of her stack.
 And she continues on her way.  I think she is heading to Conneaut, Ohio.
 Then I headed over to the little park just south of Port Huron.  It's not the greatest spot for boatwatching, but it's not bad.
 A shot of her pilothouse as she passes a group of ducks.
 A beam shot.
 And she continues on her way down the River.
 Next I headed down to Marysville.  I decided to get some closeup shots here.
 A shot of her pilothouse.  If you look in the middle, you can see someone on the lookout for ice.
 A shot of her anchors.
 Her bow and pilot house.  I had a slight reflection here.
 A closeup of her pilothouse.  You can see one of the crew looking out the window with a pair of binoculars.  I can't imagine what he thought of the collection of boatnerds watching the Anderson's passage.
 One of her lifeboats.
 The Stars and Stripes flying proudly.  I seriously hope the latest challenge to the Jones Act is defeated.
 Then I headed over to St. Clair to catch her there.  I like the angles I get there.
 An almost beam shot.
 A full beam shot as a flock of birds fly past her.
 The light was getting better as she continued down the river.  Here she is passing Marine City. 
 She works her way through the path cut by the Griffon.
 And then she decided to give us a salute.
And one more shot as she passes Algonac State Park.  I think this is my favorite of the set.

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