Port Colborne Pics 4

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Will Van Dorp’s informed blog about tugs, often includes other ships of the Great Lakes. In this post, we see a well-worn workhorse whose lines are still beautiful after all these years.

 

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tugster: a waterblog

At this point in my life, I have a solid list of projects yet to undertake.  One of those is scratch-building a ship or boat model.  Nothing screams “build me” more than this classic laker style.  Enjoy a lot of photos here, curvaceous details to render in a model.

Like the dead ship Paul H. Townsendto the far left, Michipicoten was built in salt water, i.e., Sparrows Point, MD.

If you’re wondering how to pronounce Michipicoten, it’s five syllables with emphasis on PI.

That spar mounted on the bow of “house-forward” lakers is called a steering pole, a guide for the helmsman.

Note the crewman watching the camera from the port light above the “M”?

Half the Lower Lakes Towing fleet has the traditional “house-forward” design:  Cuyahoga, Mississagi, Saginaw, Ojibway, and Manitoba.

Note the many large windows on the lee side…

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