Saturday, June 12, 2021

The Langley Covered Bridge

 We made as far as Sturgis on US-12.  My cousin is getting married there in October and I wanted to check it out.  Then I remembered that wasn't too far from the other covered bridge.

The Langley Covered Bridge is the longest remaining wooden covered bridge in Michigan.
It opened in 1887.  In 1940 it was restored as heavier motor traffic started to use it.
There was a plan in 1964 to widen the road and I imagine that would have meant the demise of the bridge.  Fortunately, cooler headed prevailed and the bridge remained.  
In 1965, it was designated as a Michigan historic site.
I'm still surprised that Michigan only has a handful of covered bridges.

Irish Hills Towers From the Air

 After Port Huron, my mom and I decided to take a drive down US-12.  I was hoping to get some drone shots of the dinosaur thing on US-12.  There was a police officer parked in front of it, so I decided that drone pictures of that wouldn't set well, so I moved on.  Besides, as I looked it, I wasn't sure if I could get good pictures anyway.

I decided that this would be a better drone picture anyway.
In the early 1920s, a company called the Michigan Observation Company sought a number of places where they could set up observation towers.  
The first tower was built on top of Bundy Hill in Hillsdale, Michigan.  This is looking towards the east on US-12.
This was the second tower built and it was built on half of a knoll that was owned by one farmer.  The other farmer did not want to sell his part.  Eventually, he agreed to the sale and tower was built.
Construction was completed in 1924 and these would have looked much different then.  They had a platform that you could walk on.
This is looking west on US-12.
The towers were closed to the public in 2000 and they were deemed unsafe in 2013.  Destruction began later in 2013 but was halted when they tried to see if they could raise money to restore them.
As of 2017, they are in the process of being restored but I'm not sure to what condition.

And Then There Was the Chestnut

 Next up is a ship that hasn't appeared on this blog before.

I'm pretty sure her sisters have though.
The Chestnut was built in 2009 but I'm not sure where.  Based on her looks, I would guess China.
She can carry 30,807 tons of cargo.
She is 606 feet long and 77 feet wide which allows her to go through the Welland Canal.
She is owned by Navarone SA Marine but run by Canadian Forest Navigation.
Her company is headquartered in Cypress and she is registered in Cypress.
She makes the turn to leave the river.
And then I switched to my drone.  My drone wasn't giving me any guff here, so it was cool.
Now I can see why they call it the Blue Water Bridge.
I'm not sure why the hatches are open.
Maybe they are airing out the holds.
One more shot before moving on to something else.

One I Haven't Seen in a While

 The next one is one that I haven't seen in a while.

The G3 Marquis was one of three ships that were bought for the Canadian Wheat Board to be run by Algoma Central.
I think the Canadian Wheat Board backed out of the deal, leaving these three straight deckers to Algoma.  Or it's possible that these were bought so that they could be managed by Algoma.
Either way, these have an Algoma crew.
I don't remember where this one was coming from but it was heading to Superior.
I think there is a grain terminal there.
It starts to make the turn for leaving the channel.
The head shot.
I kind of like this on the side.
My drone didn't act up this time but it was a bit on the windy side, so I didn't get all the shots that I normally get.
Again, I love the blue water.
One more shot before moving on.

And Then It Was the American Century

 So it wasn't long after the Frontenac appeared before the next ship appeared.

The American Century was coming down from the Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior, Wisconsin.
The terminal is supplied by coal from Wyoming that is lower in sulfur than other coal.
That helps the coal plants around here reduce their acid rain causing emissions.
If I were going to guess, it is probably more expensive than the other coal.
She was heading down to St. Clair with that load of coal.
I did the calculation once of how much electricity can be produced by the coal carried in the holds of these ships.
It's quite a bit.
She makes the turn.
My drone was still acting up and so it was dumb luck that I got this shot.
And this shot.
It stopped acting up by this time, but I like this shot.

Catching the Frontenac Again

 This was the next ship that I wanted to catch.  She is one of the few Canadian classic lakers left.

The Frontenac was heading down from somewhere but I don't quite remember where.
It was heading to Port Colborne.
This is probably the most classic of the Canadian classics.
The other two are the CSL Tadoussac and the John D. Leitch.  I have not see the John D. Leitch this season yet.
I hope to see her soon because she is one of my favorites, if only for her unique looks.
Anyway, it was nice to catch this one.
It was a fairly nice day too.
This would have been my last picture with my normal camera before switching to my drone shots but my drone was acting weird.  So I didn't get any drone shots here.
Since I didn't get my drone shots in Port Huron, I headed down to Marine City where I got a few more shots with my regular camera.
I love the blue in the water here.  Reminds me of a place I used to go to scout camp at called Bear Lake.  The water was amazingly clear there.  The scout council sold it and I think it's a resort of some sort now.
Can never have enough pictures of this ship.
Especially with the light like this.
And one more with my camera.
And then I was able to switch to the drone.  It wasn't giving me problems here.
I love the red hull against the blue river.
And one more before moving on.