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 Post subject: Re: What to my wondering eyes..
Unread postPosted: December 8, 2017, 2:06 pm 
This morning's AIS looked so promising for viewing ships from no more than 4 miles away. Two footers, an ATB, and three freighters. The two footers were a tad too far out in the lake and the ATB passed while I was at an appointment. The three freighters were caught in snow squalls, but I could make out the form of one, which made it look like a real ghost ship. Because of the snow, I decided to leave the camera at home, but within an hour, skies began clearing to the north. So, I drove to a look-out south of Harrisville and watched both the Algoma Olympic (Superior) and Lee A. Tregurtha (Marquette), against blinding blue skies, but somehow I missed spotting John G. Munson (Stoneport). Still, seeing any vessels on the horizon makes my day...any day, or night!


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 Post subject: Re: What to my wondering eyes..
Unread postPosted: December 6, 2017, 3:52 pm 
Get ready St. Clair River Boatnerds!
The anchors were lifted in the St. Mary's River system early this morning and there's been a steady parade of ships out on the horizon. I love it!
Be on the lookout for Olive Moore (Marine City); Kaministiqua (Sorel); John D. Leitch (Cote St. Catharine); Walter J. McCarthy (St. Clair); Defiance/Ashtabula (Toledo); James R. Barker (Toledo); Joyce Vanenkevort (Cleveland); John G. Munson (Detroit); American Mariner (Buffalo); and Lee A. Tregurtha (AK/Rouge).
Even though I could see most of them passing in the distance, photographing was limited. Still, the results are rather interesting of those I did.


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File comment: Red skies in the morning.. Capt. Henry Jackman up-bound to Stoneport after spending time at anchor in Tawas Bay.
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File comment: Not only were the early morning skies red, there was also the appearance of gaseous clouds below the gray cover.
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File comment: Another one coming up from anchoring in Tawas Bay. Her destination is Thunder Bay.
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File comment: When they ride the edge of the horizon, it makes for an interesting capture.
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 Post subject: Re: What to my wondering eyes..
Unread postPosted: December 5, 2017, 2:59 pm 
Only a few hours ago, NOAA Weather showed wind gusts of up to 47 mph in my area. Currently, they're being clocked at 36 mph.
The few ships that are moving have left what I refer to as the "Freighter Freeway," and are hugging the coast. So far today Kaye E. Barker, John G. Munson, and Calumet have passed within camera range but Capt. Henry Jackman and G3 Marquis are anchored further down the lake, in Tawas Bay.


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File comment: Kaye E. Barker up-bound to Marquette for another load of taconite.
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File comment: A closer view of Ms. B.
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File comment: John G. Munson with a destination of Calcite.
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File comment: Calumet plowing her way through the waves, down-bound to Cleveland.
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 Post subject: Re: What to my wondering eyes..
Unread postPosted: November 30, 2017, 4:17 pm 
It's been over a month since I posted vessels on the horizon. It felt good to get back out and capture these images today.


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File comment: Sharon MI and barge in choppy waters off Harrisville, up-bound to the Soo.
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File comment: Lee A. Tregurtha with taconite from Marquette for AK/Rouge. Clouds moved in as she moved south. I could see her but getting a crisp image eluded my camera's capabilities.
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File comment: Much closer to my vantage these geese stretch way back along the beach.
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 Post subject: Re: What to my wondering eyes..
Unread postPosted: October 25, 2017, 1:47 pm 
In addition to the intermittent rain squalls, this afternoon brought another surprise. Dorothy Ann & Pathfinder, like fleet mate Hon. James L. Oberstar, was also on her way to Calcite. About an hour behind her, Philip R. Clarke, destination Stoneport, was barely discernable on the horizon.


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File comment: Off Harrisville
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Unread postPosted: October 25, 2017, 9:08 am 
It's been awhile since I've seen activity close enough to photograph, but this morning I noted Capt. Joe & crew were up-bound to Calcite, so grabbed the camera and took off! They were riding the horizon, but that plume showed nicely! Weather is still dreary and drizzling, but winds have died down to almost nothing on upper Lake Huron.


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File comment: The scenic view
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File comment: The zoom view
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 Post subject: Re: What to my wondering eyes..
Unread postPosted: August 27, 2017, 12:07 pm 
Rather gloomy morning with the potential for rain when, out on the horizon, Dorothy Ann & Pathfinder caught my eye, up-bound to Calcite with a late afternoon/early evening ETA.


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 Post subject: Re: What to my wondering eyes..
Unread postPosted: August 26, 2017, 4:25 pm 
Driving past Tawas Bay, spotted tug Gregory J. Busch and work barge.


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File comment: Lots of personal watercraft in the area, as well.
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 Post subject: Re: What to my wondering eyes..
Unread postPosted: August 11, 2017, 7:46 pm 
This is for those of you going through stormy times in your life, to give you hope and encouragement. Blessings, Bookworm/Dawn


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File comment: Threatening skies gave way to torrential rains. When it was over, I headed to the lake and waited...and waited...and waited for a rainbow. There was a faint one, but too faint to photograph.
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File comment: So, I started home and looked back to see this stunning rainbow. Had to quickly find a good vantage, but did. The camera never records what I see as far as colors go.
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 Post subject: Re: What to my wondering eyes..
Unread postPosted: August 9, 2017, 12:20 pm 
Recently realized it is as far for me to drive from here to Port Huron (5 hours) as it was to drive to Port Huron from my former home in Ohio!
Needless to say, I really appreciate the photos posted by those fortunate to have the up-close-and-personal experiences with ships. I really miss that.
Another challenge for me is not having a camera with the old-fashioned view finder. Trying to spot something on the horizon with a viewing screen -- which is reflecting back my frustrated expression -- is a royal pain!
But, this morning I followed Olive L. Moore and barge Lewis J. Kuber from Harrisville State Park to the AuSable Harbor and hope you enjoy the photos. Couldn't ID the vessel in the last pic though.


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File comment: Sorta looks like a ghost ship.
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File comment: Forty-five minutes later. A bit closer and clearer.
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File comment: Anyone recognize this? Not on AIS.
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 Post subject: Re: What to my wondering eyes..
Unread postPosted: July 23, 2017, 6:52 pm 
A wicked storm blew through this afternoon, and once it passed, I went out looking for a rainbow. But instead of a rainbow, these two vessels crossed my camera lens.


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File comment: Sharon M and barge, down-bound to Bay City
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File comment: Looked like they were on a chase, but a few minutes later, they stopped still, north of the Oscoda Marina.
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 Post subject: Re: What to my wondering eyes..
Unread postPosted: July 3, 2017, 7:03 pm 
Sunny and warm on the "mitten" today. Perfect weather to get this shot of Alpena down-bound to Bay City.


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 Post subject: Re: What to my wondering eyes..
Unread postPosted: June 18, 2017, 9:05 pm 
As I monitored Marine Traffic AIS this afternoon, I became aware of Algosteel's track as she rounded the "Thumb," up-bound. She was angling more to the NW than is usual, and I had hopes of seeing her on the horizon. Well, I got my wish -- although she was still a bit far out for a crisp shot.


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File comment: Destination says, Bruce Mine
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File comment: The cloud formations, in every direction, were so fascinating to watch!
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File comment: Over the Oscoda pier.
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 Post subject: Re: What to my wondering eyes..
Unread postPosted: June 16, 2017, 10:36 am 
Boat56 wrote:
Where at were you when you took the photo? I seen it as well passing Oscoda this morning.

On the Oscoda boardwalk.


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 Post subject: Re: What to my wondering eyes..
Unread postPosted: June 16, 2017, 6:43 am 
Where at were you when you took the photo? I seen it as well passing Oscoda this morning.


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