Tuesday, December 29, 2020

O Fortunagracht

 And this was my last ship of the day.  I'm hoping that it's not my last ship of the year though.

This is another ship that was on her way out.
As I type this post, she is somewhere east of the Canadian coast.
She is on her way to Ghent.   And that is in Belgium.
I'm pretty sure she is carrying something there.
I think this configuration allows for shipping containers.
At any rate, she can carry 12,000 tons of cargo.
She is 447 feet long and 68 feet wide.
She approaches the bridge.
Is under the bridge.
She continues on her way.

I think it is roughly a two week journey for ships to Europe.

The BBC Rosario Passes By

 This happens to be a ship that I haven't seen before.

I think the BBC Rosario is heading to Trois Rivieres in Quebec.
Typically salties will leave the Great Lakes at this time because typically the Welland Canal closes December 31st.  
I think the BBC Rosario was carrying windmill parts somewhere.  
I think she is like many of her fleet mates.
She is under 500 feet long and can carry around 20,000 tons of cargo.
With those dimensions, she is roughly the size of the Ark.
Anyway, it was pretty neat seeing a ship of this type.
A relatively clean background.
She passes under the bridge.
And one more.

Some Ducks

 Sometimes as I am boatwatching I have a little downtime.

Usually there are ducks or other birds around.  This female mallard was hanging around.
Her mate was nearby and as you can see, the water was pretty rough.

One more shot of the male.

The Cuyahoga Passes Detroit

 The next ship is the ship that got me to go downtown.

I saw that the Cuyahoga was passing.
I think she was heading to the Rouge River.
Which means that she was likely carrying stone.
Typically they don't go as far up the Rouge River as the Interlake boats go.
Usually they go on the river that is behind Zug Island.
Sometimes they will go to the stone dock by the I-75 bridge.
Anyway, it was nice to catch her.
I think that she is not long for the boat world.
She passes Windsor.
Another relatively clean shot.
She passes under the Ambassador Bridge.
Another shot with the Bridge.
She continues down the River.
And one more shot.

The Bristol Bay Passing Detroit

 As I was heading to my spot to boatwatch on Sunday, I saw this guy heading up.

It was the Bristol Bay and I think she removed some buoys from the lower Detroit River.
She was heading to her dock off Nichols Road.  You can see it from Belle Isle.
She was pushing her barge.  The barge is used to carry the buoys.  It also has the crane that is used to remove them.
A sort of close up shot.
One more as she passes.
If temperatures hold up, soon she will be busy helping with ice.
One more shot before moving on.

A Snowy Day at the Airport

 It was a little foggy on Sunday morning, so I decided to head over to the airport.  There was a plane that I don't normally see.  I was just hoping it wasn't too foggy.

First hope was the plane that I was hoping to catch.
It was a 767.  Normally these planes are used on international routes but with international travel heavily restricted, Delta has been using these on some of their busier domestic routes.
This particular one was arriving from Fort Myers.  It might also be easier to socially distance on a plane like this.
I think this was a Beechcraft Baron.  It was coming in from Windsor.
An Embrear 175 coming in from Charlotte.
I like it when there is a little moisture in the air because it comes off the wings nicely.
In some pictures, you can see the vortex trails.  This particular plane was arriving from LaGuardia.
An A321 arriving from Fort Lauderdale.
Another shot of that plane.
A CRJ-700 arriving from Newark.
This particular one looked really cool.
One more shot.
A Spirit A320 arriving from Fort Lauderdale.
Another shot of that.
An A321 arriving from Tampa.
One more angle of that plane.
Another plane that I was waiting for, was the 757-300.
This particular one was coming in from Orlando.
The 757 has really nice trails.
Another angle.
And one more because I like this plane.