I decided that I also wanted to go boatwatching on Sunday. It was a nice clear day and I saw that I had a chance to catch a classic laker. Little did I realize, I would end up catching two classic lakers.
When I woke up and checked Marine Traffic, the Herbert C. Jackson was still docked at the steel mill in Dearborn. I wasn't sure what she arrived there, so I wasn't sure what time she was leaving. As I made a check of Marine Traffic to see how much time I could spend at the airport, I saw that she was starting to leave.
If I remember correctly, it takes about 45 minutes to a half hour for a ship to leave the Rouge River. Then it another 30 minutes until she passes Milliken State Park. So I was pretty certain that I would catch her as well as the other ship I was waiting for.
The Herbert C. Jackson is a frequent visitor to the Rouge Steel Mill and therefore, she is a frequent visitor to this blog. Typically, she will pick up her taconite in Marquette and make her way down. It is roughly a 36 hour trip.
Anyway, she is a nice looking boat, so I don't mind seeing her.
As she passes Milliken. Unfortunately, I was mostly shooting into the sun, so many of these shots are washed out.
But I guess they weren't too bad.
The lighting was more favorable for the stern shots.
I think she was on her way back to Marquette to make this trip again. I think it is a 5 or 6 hour unloading time, so that makes it a roughly 3 day trip.