Saturday, July 22, 2017

And the Spruceglen

The next ship was about 10 minutes or so behind the American Integrity.
 I was getting ready to leave after the American Integrity passed by.  I wasn't quite sure where the next ship was but when I saw her rounding Belle Isle, I decided to stay a little longer.
 The ship in question was the Spruceglen which is owned by Canada Steamship Lines.
 I'm pretty sure that she was heading from Thunder Bay with a load of grain for either Montreal or Quebec City, but I'm not sure.  If I recall, this picture has a Dash 8 that was landing at Windsor.

 She's passed by a Canadian Coast Guard boat.
And she continues on her way down the Detroit River.

The American Integrity Passes Milliken State Park

It was pretty hot and muggy on Sunday and I didn't want to spend much longer at Riverside.  So far the next two ships I headed up to Milliken.
 First up was the American Integrity.  She was one I thought that I didn't catch at the Soo but it turns out that she was the one I caught with the Dash-8.
 Anyway, I don't mind catching a 1000 footer when I have the chance.  Sadly, I don't remember where she was headed.
 I think it is possible that she was headed to the Monroe Power Plant with a load of coal.
And she moves off.

The Honorable James L. Oberstar Passes Riverside Park

Next up is another ship that I was expecting to catch.
 I don't remember if she was heading to the Rouge River or just to Zug Island.  Either way, her destination was listed as Detroit.
 The Oberstar after hooking up with the Westcott.  I think they were offloading a few supplies because they stuck together for a bit.
 You can see some of the crew grabbing supplies.
 I think I like the appearance of downbound (or loaded ships) more than upbound ships.  They are usually lower in the water and look cooler.
 Framed by the Ambassador Bridge.

And she continues her way down a little further on the river.

The Sharon MI and Huron Spirit Barge

Next up is a tug and barge.
The Sharon M I was pushing the Huron Spirt.  I think the barge had steel coils in it but I'm not sure.  This type of arrangement is not to be confused with what I usually refer to as a tug/barge.
 When I say tug/barge, I'm referring to what is known as an articulated tug and barge.  The tug is designed to mate with the barge and vice versa.  They are almost like one ship.
This tug could mate with other barges if necessary.

The Indiana Harbor Stops for Fuel

The next ship was kind of a surprise.
 I think she was unloading coal at the Trenton Power Plant and she started to head up that side of the river.  I never pay attention to that part of the River.
 Sometimes I will post "Mistersky Stop" on Facebook when I stop for fuel.  Mistersky is the fuel docks in Detroit.  Sometimes ships will stop here for fuel.  Other time they will stop at Sterling on the Canadian side.  I think it depends on the fuel prices.  Anyway, the Indiana Harbor was stopping at Mistersky in Detroit.
And I had a pretty good vantage point.

The JW Westcott in Action

One of the things that I like about going to Riverside Park is that I get to see the Westcott in action.
 Here she is after pulling away from the Saginaw.
 It was a little choppy and it was amazing watching the waves throw this poor little boat around.
And one more shot of her.

The Saginaw Passes Riverside Park

After spending the morning at Magee, I decided that I wanted to go boatwatching again.  This time only brought me as far as Detroit though.
 First up was the Saginaw.  I like the Saginaw.
 As you can see, it was a little choppy on Sunday.
 The Saginaw passes under the Ambassador Bridge and she's greeted by the Westcott.
 And she continues to pass the Ambassador.

I think she was on the way to Toledo.

Sunday Morning at Magee

So I was at Magee the next morning.  Again, I was hoping to catch an eagle.
 I believe this is called a marsh-mallow.  This is used as an ornamental and medicinal plant. A treat made since the Egyptian time has morphed into what we call a marshmallow today.
 A heron.
 Every time I head into Magee, I'm amazed at the number of rabbits I see around there.  This time I decided to get some pictures.
 I'm not sure what kind of bird this is, but I thought it looked kind of cool.
 Some wild sunflowers.
 A Canada Goose head.
 A trumpeter cygnet.
 And the head of the proud parent.
 Some other shots of the cygnets.
 I think these are pretty cool looking.
 The swan looking out over his domain and contemplating life.
 Said swan swimming.
 A heron in flight.
 An egret.
 I loved this picture of a waterlily.
And this one wasn't bad either.

Watching the H. Lee White

For the next ship I went up to Port Huron.
 The ship in question was the H. Lee White which is owned by American Steamship.
 I don't remember where she was headed though.  I'm thinking that she was heading to Cleveland but I'm not 100% sure.
 At any rate, it was a pretty nice day and the sun was shining fairly brightly. 
 She makes another turn to enter the channel.
 As I was taking pictures, I noticed that she had flags flying on the forecastle.  At first I thought that maybe they were signal flags but it turns out that they were different.  One was the Canadian flag.  The other a pirate flag.  A company flag was flying and I'm not sure what the last one is.
 The ship sort of framed by the Blue Water Bridge.
 The beam shot.
 A shot of her pilothouse.  If you look closely, you can see a couple crewmembers in the breezeway.
And she continues on.