Thursday, November 24, 2022

Catching the Tregurtha on the Rouge River

 I saw that the Lee A. Tregurtha was going to make her way up the Rouge River.  I like catching ships on the Rouge, so I headed over that way.

The Lee A. Tregurtha was heading down from Marquette.
She had a load of taconite.
And she was delivering that load to the Rouge Steel Mill.
I stopped at a little park that is next to the Fort Street Bridge.  I decided that I wanted to use my drone here.
I was trying different angles with my drone.  I kind of like it a little lower.
She gets closer.
I think I like this shot.  It's fairly well balanced.
I decided to raise my drone up.
Looking down on the ship.
Another shot.
It's amazing watching these ships come through the Rouge River.  It doesn't seem like they have enough space.
I really like this shot.  You can see the Detroit skyline off in the distance.
So then I headed over to the Dix Avenue Bridge.
I think this is one of my favorite places to shot on the Great Lakes.
The neighborhood is a little rough but it's pretty industrial, so probably safe.
The water was almost smooth enough for a reflection.
You can see the bow thruster symbol in the water, sort of.
I've said it before but I really like the scrubbers that have been installed on these ships.  The steam from them make them look like steamships again.
She gets a little closer.
You can see a little bit of the bridge here.
A shot of her pilothouse.
She comes out on the other side.
The water seemed a little smoother on this side.
One of her hatches.  These hatches all have standard dimensions so that they can pull up to almost any loading dock.  Giant chutes come over and deposit the ore in them.
Her Plimsoll lines.
A gangway.
I never noticed this sign before.
Her work boat.
Her stack.  All ships have unique stack markings.
A shot of her stern.
Old Glory in all her glory on Thanksgiving afternoon.
She makes the turn for her slip.
As I said, it was smoother on this side, so you could see the reflections better.
Probably my favorite shot on the lakes.
She makes the turn with Old Glory flapping in the breeze.
And one more shot before heading home.

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