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 Post subject: Re: Roger Blough Fit-Out dates
Unread postPosted: November 6, 2017, 1:53 pm 

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I don't think the Blough ever had a bubbler system. The holes you see in the bow area are slots for "plug welds". They are used to weld the T-1 outer steel plate to the inner steel plate. I know they tried bubblers on a couple of the former Super boats in the mid-Seventies as an experiment.


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All of these years and the countless times I have seen the Clarke, Callaway and Anderson, I have never noticed that addition to the boat deck. All three of them received the same modification. So it begs the question, why was it added?

In regards to the Blough being a "good ice boat" I recall that in addition to the heavier plating, she also had a pneumatic "bubbler system" that pumps air through holes in the skin of her bow from the stem to the shoulders. Does this system still function or has it been de-commissioned and/or removed? If you zoom in on the photo below, you can see the holes quite clearly.

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Unread postPosted: November 5, 2017, 8:25 pm 
Thanks, Garbear! I can see the Donner parked ahead of the Munson, right up in the harbor corner where she sat for so many years.


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Unread postPosted: November 5, 2017, 6:57 pm 
Found one more from Jones Island. I know there are a few more. Have to keep digging.


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Unread postPosted: November 4, 2017, 11:59 am 
Like I've posted a couple times the addition was made on the Clarke after we collided with the McCurdy on Lake St. Clair. The tanks for the fire suppression system were located in the starboard tunnel aft. The collision knocked most of the tanks over. I'll assume the Callaway and Anderson had the same configuration. Better be safe than sorry.


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Unread postPosted: November 3, 2017, 2:19 pm 
All of these years and the countless times I have seen the Clarke, Callaway and Anderson, I have never noticed that addition to the boat deck. All three of them received the same modification. So it begs the question, why was it added?

In regards to the Blough being a "good ice boat" I recall that in addition to the heavier plating, she also had a pneumatic "bubbler system" that pumps air through holes in the skin of her bow from the stem to the shoulders. Does this system still function or has it been de-commissioned and/or removed? If you zoom in on the photo below, you can see the holes quite clearly.

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Unread postPosted: November 3, 2017, 11:17 am 
I look forward to seeing your other photos, Garbear, and appreciate the digging you're doing.


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Unread postPosted: November 3, 2017, 10:00 am 
Jim1000 wrote:
I always go with the testimony of the man who was there when it happened! 1975 it is!


Jim, don't ever do that. At 65 the memory isn't good, but I know that room on the boat deck was added after we had our collision with the McCurdy in 1974. Still have to dig and find the rest of my Jones Island photos. Try to have them by Monday.


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Unread postPosted: November 2, 2017, 7:38 pm 
I always go with the testimony of the man who was there when it happened! 1975 it is!


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Unread postPosted: November 2, 2017, 7:17 pm 
The Roger Blough is considered to be a good ice boat, but it depends on how old the ice is. The older the ice, the harder it is because it had all winter to solidify. That's the reason why the Blough was damaged in the spring ice of 2014. Heavy rafting, especially ice packed to the lake bottom can give any freighter a problem. That's what happened to the Roger Blough in February 1979, when she became trapped in ice outside Conneaut harbour for a few days.

US. Steel added additional strengthening and higher-strength steel (T-1A) to the older vessels participating in the Winter Navigation Demonstration program of the '70s along the ice belt from the stem of the bow to aft of the shoulders.


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Unread postPosted: November 1, 2017, 8:41 pm 
Jim1000 wrote:
Garbear, I'm pretty sure this must be the fit-out in spring, 1974, as the McCollough laid-up at the grain elevator over the winter.
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The addition to the boat deck was done after we had our collision with the McCurdy. That was 1974. Like I've said before the memory isn't good anymore, but I stick with 1975.


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Unread postPosted: November 1, 2017, 8:04 pm 
Nice pictures of a nearly new, Roger Blough. So is the Blough a good boat for operating during the winter ice season?


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Unread postPosted: November 1, 2017, 7:13 pm 
Garbear, I'm pretty sure this must be the fit-out in spring, 1974, as the McCollough laid-up at the grain elevator over the winter.


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Unread postPosted: November 1, 2017, 7:00 pm 
Those are great shots, Garbear! I wonder if that plating going on the Fraser was another layer for reinforcement on the year-round sailing attempts of the time?


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Unread postPosted: November 1, 2017, 12:09 pm 
First time I've looked at the photos enlarged. Probably was fit-out 1975. Looking at the boat deck on the Clarke you can see part of the cabins with red lead on them. That was an addition after the Clarke and Merle M. McCurdy came together on Lake St. Clair in Dec. 1974. The CO2 fire system was in the aft end of the starboard tunnel and the collision knocked over most of the tanks. The system was then moved to the new room on the boat deck.


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Unread postPosted: November 1, 2017, 10:39 am 
Jim-Know this really isn't what you were looking for, but here are some photos from Jones Island, either 1973 or '74 fitout. The boat with the steam up at the Continental elevator is the C.H. McCullough Jr. Early days I had a Kodak Instamatic camera. I do have other photos from Jones Island. Might take a few days to find them.


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