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 Post subject: Re: Paul H. Townsend
Unread postPosted: September 10, 2017, 12:53 am 

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Paul H. Townsend passed Dossin Museum at 12:21am Sunday enroute to Port Colbourne.


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Unread postPosted: September 9, 2017, 10:20 pm 

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Paul H. Townsend is downbound in Lake St. Clair at 11:15pm Saturday night enroute to Port Colbourne. Should pass Dossin Museum between 11:45 and midnight and Woodward Avenue approximately a half hour later.


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Unread postPosted: September 9, 2017, 1:29 pm 
I see in today's Boatnerd News, the tow of the Townsend is making 7.8 knots. That's probably faster than she made on her own when she was hauling cement. She never had the reputation of moving to fast.


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Unread postPosted: September 8, 2017, 4:21 pm 
Sad to see another unique ship go. Anyone find it unusual that they used the Barbara Andrie for the tow when it has been pretty much idle for several years? Found a video on Youtube of the tow. https://youtu.be/bOGzkK_J9ec


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Unread postPosted: September 8, 2017, 1:30 pm 
The Paul H Townsend passed under the Mackinaw Bridge and Old Point Mackinac for the last time at 13:30 this afternoon (9/8). This gallant Old Lady had spent many years going thru the Straits of Mackinac.


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Unread postPosted: September 8, 2017, 12:25 pm 
I once was a guest of the company aboard the Townsend back in 1990 or 91 when she made her one and only trip to Montreal. It was my reward for giving a couple of Lafarge reps the heads up on available spare tonnage that they were looking for while we playing golf! When I named the ships in the Huron fleet it got their attention - I mentioned that US Steel had a couple of solid ships laid up in Duluth (one of which was the Leon Fraser - which I also mentioned by name). Lo and behold the company bought the Fraser and converted her...and I got a phone call inviting me to meet the Townsend at the Port of Montreal for a trip to Alpena. Alas, I couldn't get out of work for that amount of time but I was able to ride up to the Beauharnois Locks. It was highlight of my years of shipwatching. I still have the ILM baseball cap I was given. Needless to say, I am saddened by her scrapping but it comes as no surprise. So long, old friend!

Please note that I had never met the two Lafarge reps before. I was a guy who filled out the foursome with my wife's cousin, who was a contractor from Long Island who had some dealings with Lafarge. To this day I can't remember their names, as I never thought anything would ever come from my conversation with them. True story.


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Unread postPosted: September 8, 2017, 9:00 am 
I have attached an old newspaper clipping that I have had in a scrapbook for about the last 40 years showing the Townsend passing the Roger Blough in the St. Clair River. I always thought it made an interesting comparison between two lake freighters each optimized for their particular trades.


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Unread postPosted: September 7, 2017, 10:11 am 
Leaving Thursday, tug Barbara Andrie, destination Port Colborne.


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Unread postPosted: September 6, 2017, 5:49 pm 
Just read on the KYS Facebook page the Townsend leaves Muskegon tomorrow in a scrap tow. Going to Canada, but didn't say where.


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