Jun 20-08

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2008: June: Jun 20-08
Dueling freighters    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Mona Grigg

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 06:42 am:

According to Mona Grigg, this is a photo of the Callaway and the Amercan Victory passing each other in DeTour Channel on the eastern end of the U.P. It looks like the two of them are on a collision course or maybe playing a waterway game of "chicken". But in reality, they of course passed safely alongside each other. Mona said while watching from their vantage point, it looked as if the crew could have reached out and "passed the Grey Poupon" (remember that old TV ad?), they were that close. I like the way the photo captures the bows of the each of the boats pushing water as they move on ahead through the channel.

By Richard L. Barclay (Notroll) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 06:53 am:

I worked aboard the Cason J. Callaway for two seasons and relieved vacationing firemen and oilers a third year. There have been a lot of changes to the ship since that time with lengthening and converting to self unloading being chief among them and I've no idea what kind of power plant is aboard - it was steam turbine with bunker C for fuel to the boilers.

By Lorcie Ford (Lorcie) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 07:07 am:

Looks like they are headed for trouble... (jk)
Nice picture.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 07:14 am:

Thanks for the great pictures.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 07:18 am:

I enjoy these pics of the Great Lake freighters! The personal shipping life stories that are contributed such as Mr. Barclay's and Eddyfitz and Cotton's are the frosting on the cake!

By Kathyrn Laughlin (Kathyl) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 07:48 am:

O I wish I was up north. We see the freighters go by all the time, there. Seems like very weekend there's been something thst keeps me downstate.

Now that I've got that whine out of my system, I like that both boats in the picture are that classic style of laker.

By Serena Sturm (Serena) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 07:51 am:

TGIF! Great pic.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 08:00 am:

Grey Poupon...very clever Mary, and yes I do remember the commercial.

Mary says: I can't take credit for that clever thought...Mona was the one who came up with that and I just "reiterated" her line.

I'm surprised that the ships get that close, but maybe it only looks close from the shore.

By Eddyfitz (Eddyfitz) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 08:09 am:

Thanks Janie T.
I am pretty sure the view of the freighters is called "bone in the teeth" with the water coming up on the bow of the ship.
Don't forget that next Friday at the Soo they hold Engineers Day where "regular folks" can go out between two of the locks for closer viewing. check the Boatnerd site.

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 08:19 am:

That is such a good spot to catch boats, we like ot walk the marina in DeTour too.
Great picture.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 08:42 am:

Mary, mary, that's two ships passing, not necessarily in the night. Great shots folks.

By dotti caldwell (Dotti) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 09:06 am:

Neat shot! Janie I agree, the personal stories are icing on the cake! EddyFitz, I will be at Engineers Day next week. Will you? My first time ever visit to Michigan! Janie, you going? Thanks for the pics - this site started me along to becoming a boatnerd! Thanks again for the freighter pics guys....

By Donald Kilpela (Commodore) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 09:11 am:

The white water on the bow of the ship is referred to as a "bone in her teeth," meaning that she is moving at or near full steam. The old Isle Royale Queen II always had a good bone in her teeth and in her early days, when she was painted yellow, some referred to her as the "Keweenaw County Snow Plow" as she came charging down the Harbor.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 09:12 am:

Dotti, in two weeks my husband, myself and our two Scottish Terriers are spending several days in the Duluth, and the North Shore regions of Mn. to freighter watch. I love the U.P. but it's a long haul for us. Have a great time on your visit!

By kay Moore (Mskatie) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 10:06 am:

Janie T. You aren't going on your cycles are you :o)? That area is second best for vacation up north. Of course Grand Maris's artsy rep is right up my alley. Have you been to Duluth's new aquarium yet. Should be great now. Was there their first year open with some stuff not ready. I'd love to be able to spend lots of time watching the ships. Good viewing area if I remember right. Have fun!

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 10:15 am:

Ms.Katie, we took the Harleys before, but we are taking the car, no room to put packages on the Harleys for the shopping I intend to do! The aquarium is neat, the otter's are my favorite!

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 10:19 am:

Oh, I love otters too. We have a little zoo in Lansing and I always have to visit the otters. There is a cute movie (but also a tearjerker) about an otter call Ring of Bright Water. It's an old one, but very good.

By dotti caldwell (Dotti) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 10:23 am:

Janie: Have a great time in Duluth! Someday I hope to make it there too! Understand about the distances - we live in West Virginia. Say, we didn't win the trip on the Ryerson did we?!! Haha!
Next year!

By FJL (Langoman) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 12:50 pm:

Janie: How about towing your chaparral 180 LE or his XL1200C and your XL883L Harley's behind your Camaro RS and have some real fun........

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 03:25 pm:

FJL..LOL! There have been many times Bob and I have had that thought as well as buying a 5 stall garage like we have here attached to a ranch style home! Can't forget the Ford Pinto, the sleds and the 10 horses! I envy those who can live and vacation in the same place!

By chris montcalm (Pookie53629) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 05:31 pm:


By Walter P McNew (Waltermcnew) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 06:46 pm:

nice grey picture

By Russell E. Emmons (Russemmons) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 07:08 pm:

Since so many like these freighter pics, I thought I'd post this of the "Callaway" coming up the St. Clair River near us. They are so close sometime I have to take a fore and aft shot to get it all in, depending on my zoom setting.


By Laure (O2bindaup) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 07:13 pm:

Janie T. Enjoy your visit to Duluth and the North Shore. A great vantage point to view the lake is from on the top of the hill at Enger Tower. I used to go there on my lunch break and just watch the lake. It was so relaxing to sit there and I could almost see all the way to Michigan ( at least in my dreams !!!!) The Lester River area and Brighton Beach are terrific spots too. :-)

By Richard L. Barclay (Notroll) on Saturday, June 21, 2008 - 06:50 am:

Thanks for both pictures of the Callaway and your comments! When I was 4 my mom took me to the locks at the Soo to see my dad lock through on a freighter. At the time there was access onto the narrow walkways to get to the other locks and as we crossed I dropped my chewing gum and remember being jerked upright by my mom as I reached for it. Obviously a traumatic loss as I remember it almost 60 years later. I remember the walkways had railings and a few vertical supports but nothing in between the verticals. Scary indeed for a young mother and her oblivious child.

By Bob Gilreath (Bobg) on Monday, June 23, 2008 - 03:11 pm:

I like watching the Boats from DeTour also,

how about 3 boats at once from our lot:


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