I've been doing this blog for close to eight years now. I've seen many cool things. During one of my journeys, I stumbled across the J.W. Westcott II. I didn't know what this unassuming boat in front of this unassuming building was, so I decided to look it up. I found out that it was a boat used to deliver mail and other things to the ships that were passing Detroit. It's been a few years since I've seen the Westcott in action and one of my goals was to get a ride on her.
I did call them at one time and asked if it would be possible to get a ride on her. They didn't seem to mind but I didn't really want to just go there, so I kind of put that on the back burner. Well sometimes life throws you this little curves. My mom is a teacher and many of her friends are teachers. It turns out that one of her friends was a teacher for the Captain of the Westcott. After some e-mail exchange between them and me, I was able to get one of my goals. I decided to make the day to go there my birthday because I thought that would be an awesome birthday present.
In his time as a shipping master, he decided to form a marine reporting agency for the Great Lakes. He would row out to the passing ships and give them information about the ports they would be delivering. This helped smooth out some of the shipping issues. Over time, it became the service that it is now.
I am going to post pictures of my encounters with the individual ships in the next few posts.