Ore boats on the bay

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The Alcoway
 

Paddling the kayak over to Kipling last week, I was treated to a somewhat rare sight on Little Bay de Noc - a Great Lakes ore boat at the Gladstone coal dock.  The Maumee was an older, fairly small ship but looked gigantic on the narrow waters seven miles into the bay from Escanaba on Lake Michigan. It dwarfed the usual sailboats, pontoon boats, jet-skies, and two-man fishing boats that normally drifted the shallow waters. Several days later while I filled water jugs from a natural spring across the bay, yet another ship appeared at the dock. The Alcoway was much bigger, a 700-footer. The ships signaled the approaching change of seasons.

 

Their cargo was salt. Lengthy steel booms supported conveyor belts that off-loaded the cargo from deep in their hulls and onto a rapidly growing white mountain several hundred feet from the lake. The salt was being stockpiled for the coming winter - to be spread on icy roads and streets. Nearby, the equally high mounds of black coal would provide heat for the frozen months ahead. I won't be needing either again this year ...

 

sylviandavid says:
Oh... what a relief you won't need either...
it's -50 in the mid west .... sylvia
Posted on: Jan 07, 2010
Africancrab says:
Great blog Dan
Posted on: Oct 04, 2009
aloneinthecrowd says:
Hello Dan :) Congrats on your blog being featured today. Well done.
Posted on: Oct 04, 2009
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The Alcoway
The Alcoway
Off-loading salt
Off-loading salt
Salt
Salt
The Maumee off-loading
The Maumee off-loading
Alcoway pulling away from the coal…
Alcoway pulling away from the coa…
Heading out to sea
Heading out to sea
From across the bay
From across the bay
Alcoway passing the coal dock
Alcoway passing the coal dock
Gladstone
photo by: rotorhead85