I like lake freighters. They come in many different shapes and sizes. I really like the look of the classic lake freighter though. The ones with the pilothouse to the front and the deckhouse to the back. There is a nice tradition to that look. However in my books, there is one freighter that stands above the others.
My favorite freighter is the Roger Blough. I honestly don't know why. She is certainly one of the more unique of the classic lake freighters though. At any rate, before I left work tonight, I saw that she would be coming upbound on the Detroit River and would hit Detroit at about the same time I would if I left work at that time. So I beat feet out of work and headed towards Detroit. As I got on Jefferson, I monitored her progress and saw that Riverside Park was out as she was almost under the Ambassador Bridge. So it was the race to Belle Isle...well not much of a race as I could make a little more speed on a freighter and I had a head start. That didn't stop me from putting one of the songs from Das Boot on though.
And there you have it, more shots of the Blough.