Thursday, March 4, 2021

What's in a Name - Arthur M. Anderson

 For a while I've been thinking of doing a new series on here.  One of the things I'd like to do more of on here is history.  History is nothing without the people that populate it.

One of the most famous ships on the Great Lakes is the Arthur M. Anderson.  She is best known for being the last ship that was in contact with the Edmund Fitzgerald before she went down.  As such, she remains popular with the boatnerd community.  But who is she named after?

Arthur Marvin Anderson was a member of the Board of Directors for US Steel.  The ship was owned by US Steel.  Typically, if a ship is named after a person, that person is typically important for the company that owns the ship.  Even though US Steel doesn't own her anymore, she keeps the name.

Arthur Anderson was born in 1881.  In 1904, he entered the world of banking with the company of Wood, Struthers and Winthrop which was an investment bank.  In 1914, he would become a partner of that firm and would leave for J.P. Morgan shortly after.  During World War I, he sold war bonds and in 1926, he became partner at J.P. Morgan.

In 1940, he became vice chairman of J.P. Morgan.  He was elected to the directors advisory council in 1959 until his death.  He was also a director for the Northern Pacific Railroad, the Federal Insurance Company and St. Louis Lead.  He died on August 11, 1966.

Arthur M. Anderson.

Catching the 787

 So as I was leaving Belle Isle, I saw that I had a chance to catch a couple planes that I wanted to catch.

First up was a 737.
This particular one was arriving from Palm Beach.
Next up was an A321.
This particular one was arriving from Fort Myers, Florida.
A beacon shot.
Next up was the plane that I was waiting for.
I remember when I first saw one of these, I thought it was special.  I also didn't think it was going to be a more constant flight to Detroit.
It turns out that there is a semiconductor shortage for GM, so they have been having to expedite these from Europe.
Sometimes they have been coming in from Stuggart.
This particular one was coming from London Gatwick.
Gatwick was built in the late 1920s and the first passenger flight flew from there in 1933.  It has two terminals.  For a long time, many US carriers used it because of restrictions on Heathrow.  US Airways was the last US carrier to use it and suspended services there in 2013.  Delta was going to start up a flight from Logan to there but COVID got in the way.
There are a few airlines that use it but more fly out of Heathrow.  It is one of the few British airports that is used by full-service, low cost and charter airlines.  TUI in this case was operating as a charter airline.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

A Couple of the Eagles on Belle Isle

 As I said, I went on a quest for eagles.  That ended up being circling the island until I saw one.

I saw this one sitting up in a tree and he took off shortly after I got there.
This is an immature eagle.
I went back around the island and I saw this guy in his normal spot.
I decided to wait around to get a few pictures.
He was moving his head quite a bit, so I was able to get some decent looks.
These are cool looking birds.

He looked back towards the group of people that were assembled on my side of the river.
He might have also been looking for food.
Another frontal shot.
And a nice majestic pose.
As the sun came out, the wind started to pick up.
Ruffled his feathers a little bit.
Made for a squatter pose.
I kind of like it when the feathers kick up like this.
So he was just looking around.
I decided to get a few more pictures because I figured it would be a matter of time before he flew off.

And sure enough, he did.

The Steamer Ste. Claire

 I went around Belle Isle looking for eagles.  I saw one in a different spot, so I stopped there.  While I was stopped there, I decided to take a picture of this.

The steamer Ste. Claire was used to take people from Detroit down to Boblo Island which was an amusement park.  When the park was closed, the Boblo steamers were out of a job.  The Ste Claire's sister was sold to a group in New York a couple years ago.  They either have restored her or are in the process of restoring her.  There was a group interested in restoring this one was well.  They were making some progress and then she caught fire in 2018.  The fire took out all of her wooden structure and this is what we are left with.  I'm not sure what the plan is but I hope they can restore her.  I would love to see her used for river excursions or something.

And the Algosea

 It wasn't too long before the next ship made her appearance.

The Algosea was one of the ships I caught last weekend.
She has been fairly busy this winter.  I think she has been doing the Nanticoke trip at least once a week.
She is pushing up a bit of ice in this shot.  It was kind of neat because it made a different sound.
For the most part the channel was clear though.
As a result it seemed like she was booking.
Still had a nice reflection though.
She almost passes by.
I think she might have been loading, so she might have been bringing something back from Nanticoke.
I kind of like this shot.
For the most part the ice is broken up.
The beam shot.
She passes by.
She is heading up to Sarnia.

One more shot.

Some Ice Passes By

I kind of liked the pattern of this ice.

It kind of reminded me of the Fortress of Solitude from Superman.