TO YOU ALL!
On Monday I noticed on the freighter website...
yes there is a freighter website,
where you can track the location of all
the freighters in the lakes, rivers and canals.
So on Monday I realized the
Queen of the Lakes would be arriving
in the town I work at lunchtime.
I parked my car almost directly
under the bridges that span over to
our friends in Canada.
Sarnia, Ontario Canada
proudly waving their flag and ours.
While we do the same on our side in
Port Huron, Michigan
Now I forgot that the train comes in/out
once a day to send supplies to the paper mill.
Here it comes.
My car mirror at lower right.
Can you see how close it is?
Rolling by only 10 feet from me.
About the same on the river side.
Here she comes!
Coming from Lake Huron into the
St. Clair River.
The Paul R Tregurtha.
At 1013 feet,
she is the longest freighter that sails the
As she is going under the bridges.
See how close she gets to the bottom of the bridges.
When empty its even closer.
So close that in heavy winds,
the freighters must anchor in the lake
or in the river
as it is very difficult to maneuver under.
Also because the water gushes in from the lake into
a smaller river mouth...
the rapids are horrible in the middle of the river.
Therefore the freighters must hug the U.S.
side of the river.
They are unable to hug the Canadian side
because of the angle they come in from.
One other fact.
The river is at is smallest width from the lake,
with many small bends in the river,
until meeting the mouth of the
Because of this, only one freighter
at a time can travel this part of the river.
If more than one is at this section,
they radio ahead to give clearance to who goes first.
After I took my last pic,
I drove back to work,
and here she is just getting ready
to pass the Black River.
I love seeing this freighter!
She glides across the water with grace!
Folks stay at our state park,
just a mile North of where we live,
to catch a glimpse of these mighty
workhorses of the water.
I myself keep yearly logs of those I see.
Last year it was 218 different vessels.
So far this year 159.
Queen Of The Lake Blessings To All!