Sunday, April 29, 2012

And Finally...The Roger Blough

My favorite ship is the Roger Blough.  I'm not quite sure why though.  She's not one of the longest ships since she's not a 1000 footer.  She has a history but she doesn't have a spot in history like the Arthur Anderson.  Maybe it's because she has the traditional laker look but is still enough of a monster.
 Here she is as she is rounding Belle Isle.
 This shot may explain it.  She is pretty low in the water and looks almost like an alligator or turtle reading to pounce on something.
 Or maybe it is because her form isn't affected by the presence of a self unloading boom.  She's a self unloader but her system is hidden.
 A shot of her bow.
 Another shot of her.
 Just look at the wave, so you can only imagine how much she is displacing.
 Here is a shot of her full 858 feet.  She's not big enough to be the Queen of the Lakes but I think she could handle her own.  She is certainly wide enough at 105 feet.
 A shot of her pilothouse.
 And a shot of her bridge.
 Her stack.
 Another shot of her pilothouse.
 One of her crewmembers freezing on deck.  It was cold yesterday just sitting on the pier.  I can't imagine would it would have been like sitting on a moving ship.
 A shot of her stern.
 One of her self-unloading conveyors.  Because of this, she can only go to certain ports.
 A shot as she passes by.
 Her she is passing by the Detroit Princess.

 The Ambassador Bridge backing her up.
And a final shot before she continues on to Ohio.

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