Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Presque Isle

The next ship was the Presque Isle. It was docked at Zug Isle and was unloading taconite, I believe.The ship is actually one of the earlier tug/barge combinations and was built in three places. The tug portion was built in New Orleans in 1972. The bow section was built at Defoe Shipyards in Bay City, Michigan. The remaining section was built in Erie, PA and the three sections were mated there.
The ship is powered by 14,000 horsepower and was the second 1000 footer on the Great Lakes. She can carry 57,000 tons of cargo.
She's actually a pretty nice tug/barge combination and if I didn't know better, I would have thought she was a proper ship.

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