MacKenzie bow view.
upbound for Lock 4.
Saguenay below Lock 8 in Port Colborne as the Pilot Boat pulls along side.
up of bow.
up of the Pilot boat J.W. Cooper.
On a brisk Saturday morning those attending the Boatnerd Gathering were treated to a tour
of Port Weller Dry Docks (PWDD). PWDD
provided an amazing tour, steel is brought in at one end and hull pieces are completed at
the other. The pieces are then moved to the dry dock where they are assembled.
Clarke of Port Weller Dry Docks welcomes the tour.
begin with a look at the Algowood. PWDD is completing repairs on the Algowood. She was
damaged in a loading accident and has been in the dry dock since July. She was expected to
depart in the next week.
view in the dry dock.
tour moves between the dry docks holding the Algowood and Hull 79.
will be mated with the stern of the Louis R. Desmarais this Winter.
back of the complex steel is moved into a building for processing.
inside the steel is cut down to size.
pieces are assembled and welded.
finish the assembly before the pieces are moved to the yard.
the piece of a giant puzzle, a finished piece of Hull 79 waits next to the dry dock.
upper portion of Hull 79's bow is assembled next to the dry dock.
portion of the bow in the dry dock.
of the hull from the other end of the dry dock.
article from the St. Catharines Standard featuring the event
On behalf of all who attended I would like to thank everyone at Port Weller Dry Docks
for allowing us to tour. The tour received rave reviews and was the highlight of our trip.
Friday was a busy day in the Welland Canal. Canada
Steamship Lines was particularly well represented.
C. Leitch in Lock 7. The Inn at Lock 7 is in the back ground.
up of the Boatnerd.com Banner provided by Dave Wobser.
departs the lock upbound.
Hon. Paul J. Martin upbound.
entering the Flight Locks.
angle looking down at the bow. Note how close the SeawayMax vessel is to the lock
approaching Lock 7 upbound.
down the bow.
colorful saltie Isadora departs Lock 2.
up of her bulbous bow.
enters Lock 2 downbound.
Parisien downbound for the Flight Locks.
rail line below the Inn at Lock 7 was busy.
approaches Lock 7. T. Parker
from below Lock 7. N. Schultheiss
Lock 7. waiting for the Montrealais to pass. N. Schultheiss
view as the Saginaw heads for the Port Colborne Stone Dock. N. Schultheiss
in Lock 6. N. Schultheiss
Lock 6. N. Schultheiss
up of her unique super structure. N. Schultheiss
name of her former owners, "Hall Corp. Shipping" is still visible on the bow.
Forte and barge St. Mary Cement downbound (stern view). N. Schultheiss
sun fades the Algowest sails upbound. N. Schultheiss
up of her bow. N. Schultheiss
wave from the engine room. N. Schultheiss
Niagara heading for Hamilton. N. Schultheiss
River waits for the Niagara to clear. N. Schultheiss
passes the English River.N. Schultheiss
My thanks to everyone for making the Boatnerd Gathering East weekend possible. Thanks
to everyone for making the trip to the Welland and participating in the Events.
Thank you to Port Weller Dry Docks for allowing our
group to tour the facility. PWDD employees Trish Atwood, Jeff Clarke and Jay Jewett all
worked hard so our group could enjoy the tour that was the highlight of the trip.
There were many individuals that help to make the weekend successful. Dave Wobser
suggested the gathering after our meeting in the Soo, with out Dave's prodding the
Boatnerd Gathering East wouldn't have taken place. Patty & Ed at the Inn at Lock 7 for their trade mark hospitality.
Cameron for arraging the room at the Canadian Corps. and building the giant screen.
Jeff also donated desk flags for the raffle and shared his collections of slides.
Others showing the incredible mix of slides included:
Barry Anderson, Warren Bain, Don Geske, Mike Harting, Jim Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Ralph
Martens, Jimmy Sprunt, Dan Sweeley, Al Sykes, Ron Walsh and everyone else. (The above was
taken from the sign up list, if I missed anyone please e-mail). Members from the Welland Canal Ship Society
were also out in force.
The vendors for showing their merchandise during the slide nights. Remy Champt; Al
Jackman, Great Lakes Memories; Al Hart; Veronica Petron with Force 5 Trading & Promotions; Ron Walsh and all
Captain Anil Soni and
the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, Pilot Tom Roesslein, Captain Pagonis of
the Tecam Sea and Captain Richard Samson of the Mapleglen for our looks behind the scenes
at the canal.
Name were taken from registration lists, if I missed anyone please e-mail