Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Indiana Harbor

This is the ship I had been waiting for all day, the Indiana Harbor. She is one of the 1000 footer ships that ply the Great Lakes. Other 1000 footers have made their appearance on this blog.
Here she is rounding Belle Isle to get into the main part of the Detroit River. This picture almost gives you a good idea of her size.
She's getting a little closer.
Here she is passing the Algomarine.
This is a shot looking over the Westcott.
She was constructed in 1979 by the Bay Shipbuilding Company in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. She is powered by 4 3,500 horsepower diesel engines which gives her a rated speed of 14 knots. She is equipped with bow and stern thrusters. She is 1000 feet long and can carry up to 78,000 tons of cargo. She holds the distinction of carrying the largest load through the Soo Locks. She mostly carries iron ore.
Here the J.W. Westcott II is approaching her as she passes below the Ambassador Bridge.
Another shot of her length.
I had to stitch three pictures together to get a full straight on shot. You can see the Westcott at her side and she looks tiny.
Heading downriver.
The Westcott as she pulls away. This is pretty neat as I got to hear both ships' horns.

For reference, the Ren Cen is 750 feet tall, so this ship would dwarf it.

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