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August 15, 2004

Compiled by George Wharton

Detroit River by Mike Nicholls 8/13 & 8/14/04

New ferry Guy V. Molinari downbound at Grassy Island.

Another view.

Stern view.

Canadian Enterprise upbound at Grassy Island.

Federal Maas downbound at Grassy Island.

Stern view.

Algosteel upbound at Grassy Island.

Stern view.
Menominee, MI by Dick Lund 8/13/04

The saltie Prinsenborg at the dock from the Menominee side of the Menominee River preparing to load a cargo of pulp.

The Prinsenborg from the Marinette, WI side of the Menominee River.
St. Clair River at Port Huron, MI by Jeff G. 8/07 to 8/11/04

Agawa Canyon downbound passing under the Bluewater Bridges.

Algolake downbound.

American Republic upbound.

Charles M. Beeghly upbound.

Halifax upbound.

Huron Lady II meeting the upbound saltie Helena Oldendorff.

John G. Munson bow profile downbound.

Lee A. Tregurtha bow profile downbound.

Tug Manitou downbound.

McKee Sons bow profile downbound.

Mississagi downbound.

Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin upbound.
Historic Perspective by George Thompson (a 90 year old boatnerd!)

The Daniel McCool was a cement carrier out of Manitowoc.  The attached photo was taken in April, 1937 as she was outbound in Manitowoc.  In the summer of 1930, she operated with only a half crew; a Captain, one mate, one a/b man, 4 men in the engine room, and a cook.  I wonder if any other ships operated with half crews during the Great Depression.  I was an unpaid passenger, deck hand, galley helper, and sometimes wheelsman as guest of the Captain.  I had 2 experiences worth mentioning.  One night with waves as high as a house, the other as I was all alone in the pilothouse going up Lake Michigan for 4 hours as the entire crew was disabled due to food poisoning (clam chowder soup).
George Thompson

Historical Notes: The above vessel was built in 1926 by the Manitowoc Ship Building Co. of Manitowoc, WI as their hull #223 and was launched as the diesel powered cement carrier Daniel McCool for the Cement Transit Co. of Chicago.  The Daniel McCool was sailing for Cement Transit at the time the above photo was taken.  Her dimensions were 152' (loa) x 33'06" (beam) x 15' (depth) with an approx. capacity of 825 tons at a mid summer draft of 13'07".


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