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September 8, 2004(b)

Compiled by George Wharton

Trip on the Southdown Challenger: A "Photo Essay" by  Wade P. Streeter
(From Detroit to Cleveland to Charlevoix to Cleveland and back to Detroit from 8/31/04 to 9/02/04

Detroit skyline from the bridge wing.

Looking aft below the Ambassador Bridge.

Sunset over Lake Erie.

Moon rising above the wheelhouse, eastbound in Lake Erie.

Skyline of Cleveland as we make our approach to the main entrance.

Inbound through NS No.1 bridge; the bridge often referred to as the "Iron Curtain" and is the first bridge as you enter Cleveland.

The Main Ave. Viaduct.


The Superior-Detroit Viaduct and Center St. Bridge.

The tug Iowa prepared to pass after we clear the Center St. Bridge.

Skyline of Cleveland from the Center St. Draw.

Tight fir as the Challenger backs stern first without tug assistance and actually about 5 feet off from the wall.

Lining up for the Columbus Ave. Bridge.

Superior-Detroit Ave. Viaduct and General Mills elevator.

Looking straight up the forward mast as we pass underneath.

Inbound traffic waiting at the "Iron Curtain"; the Wolverine, Champion and Federal Agno in the lake.

Heavy traffic in the lower river and outer harbor.  Seen are the Wolverine, Federal Agno and Calumet.

Heading back to Charlevoix with the Reserve and the Cleveland skyline in the background

Original GLEW portlight in the engine room.

Looking directly over the stern.

Looking straight down the stem.

Sunset reflecting off the lake with the stem in the foreground.

Wednesday evening sunset on Lake Erie.

Upbound in the Detroit River Wednesday night with Zug Island in the background.

"Mail by the pail", the J.W. Westcott alongside delivering important mail and packages.

Looking aft framed by the Ambassador Bridge.

Downtown Detroit off the port side.

Another view.

Survey vessel Laurentian upbound in the Ballard's Reef Channel.

Dimitris Y upbound at Grassy Island.

Stern view.

Tug Champion inbound at Cleveland.

Another view.

Reserve inbound at Cleveland.

Makeevka downbound in the East Outer Channel.

Cuyahoga downbound in the East Outer Channel.

The Southdown Challenger steams at 100 r.p.m. across Lake Huron.

Another view.

Sunset off Presque Isle from the wheelhouse.

3rd Mate Bill Kishel eagerly awaits the "anchor dropping" (an inside joke!).

1st Mate Rocky Groh in the front window.


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