The CSL Tadoussac prepares to enter the Poe Lock on Engineer's Day (Friday June 30).
264 Photos from a trip to the Soo Locks from June 29 - July 5, 2006 including "Engineer's Day" (Friday June 30).
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This photo gallery will be presented in chronological order (rather than alphabetical order by ship name)
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Ships Featured On This Page:
Algoisle, Algolake, Algomarine, Algonova, Algowood, Alpena, American Century (ex-Columbia Star), American Fortitude (ex-Courtney Burton), American Integrity (ex-Oglebay Norton), American Mariner, American Spirit, American Valor (ex-Armco), Atlantic Erie, Atlantic Huron, James R. Barker, Kaye E. Barker, Charles M. Beeghly, Roger Blough, John J. Boland, Boomalong (tug), B.W. Bufe (A.C.E. survey vessel), Burns Harbor,
Cason J. Callaway, Canadian Enterprise, Cedarglen, Chief Shingwauk, Adam E. Cornelius, Stewart J. Cort, CSL Assiniboine, CSL Tadoussac, Deschenes (tug), Catherine Desgagnes, Diezeborg, Federal Elbe, Federal Hudson, Joyce B. Gardiner (tug), William C. Gaynor (tug), Edwin H. Gott, Indiana Harbor, Herbert C. Jackson, Kelsey T (fish tug), Maritime Trader, Walter J. McCarthy Jr., Milo, Mississagi, Missouri (tug), John G. Munson, Nanticoke, Neebish Islander II, Ojibway (supply ship), Presque Isle, Quebecois, Regan (tug), Saginaw, Edgar B. Speer, St. Clair,
Sugar Islander II, Swan (yacht), Paul R. Tregurtha, Valley Camp (Museum Ship), Voyageur Independent (ex-Kinsman Independent), H. Lee White, Woody
Missouri & Milo - Tug, Missouri, leads the saltie, Milo, into the MacArthur Lock downbound Missouri - Close-up of the "G-tug" in the lock Milo - Close-up of the downbound saltie in the lock Missouri & Milo - All the way into the lock with the CSL Assiniboine in the Poe Lock (in the background) Milo - Stern view leaving the lower MacArthur Lock approach wall
Indiana Harbor - Downbound leaving the lower Poe Lock approach wall prior to the opening of the grounds for "Engineer's Day" Federal Elbe - Saltie downbound in the Poe Lock just before the "Engineer's Day" Open House Federal Elbe - Departing the Poe Lock as "Engineer's Day" Open House ceremonies begin Poe Lock - Empty lock (taken from the lower gates of the lock) awaiting our first "footer" (1000-ft.-long ship) Edgar B. Speer & Federal Elbe - Downbound Federal Elbe passes upbound "footer" as a Corps of Engineer's barge passes between
Edgar B. Speer - Approaching the lower Poe Lock approach wall prior to entering the lock Edgar B. Speer - An Engineer's Day crowd lines the Poe Lock awaiting our first footer Edgar B. Speer - Approaching the Poe Lock (tight fit) Edgar B. Speer - Stern view inching into the Poe Lock Edgar B. Speer - (Stern view) As I said, "tight fit" - actually 30-inches on either side!
Edgar B. Speer - You can see just how tight the fit is Edgar B. Speer - The crowd looks on as the ship is just about fully raised in the lock Edgar B. Speer - Departing the Poe Lock upbound to Lake Superior for a load of taconite (iron ore pellets) B.W. Bufe - Army Corps of Engineer's survey vessel open for visitors Diezeborg - Meanwhile, the small upbound saltie enters the MacArthur Lock
Diezeborg - Stern view shows that these ships have a LOT more room in the lock CSL Tadoussac - Downbound and loaded in the Upper St. Mary's River approaching Algoma Steel Co. Chief Shingwauk - Tour boat upbound pulling into the MacArthur Lock as the CSL Tadoussac heads for the Poe Lock CSL Tadoussac - In the Upper Poe Lock Approach heading for the lock - this view is ONLY available to the public on the last Friday of each year, known as "Engineer's Day" CSL Tadoussac - Tied up in the Poe Lock waiting to drop down 21-ft. to the Lake Huron level
Kelsey T - Fish tug (converted to pleasure boat?) upbound at Mission Point Atlantic Erie - Upbound at the rock pile below Mission Point Atlantic Erie - Stern view passing Mission Point Mississagi - Upbound at rock pile below Mission Point Mississagi - Stern view close-up passing Mission Point
American Century - Stern view downbound past Mission Point (note the American Steamship Co. stacks (AmShip recently purchased this ship (and 5 others) from Oglebay Norton Co.) American Spirit - Downbound after departing the Poe Lock American Spirit - Footer downbound at Mission Point American Spirit - Stern view passing Mission Point American Spirit - Wide (scenic) view below Mission Point Presque Isle - Upbound in the Lower Poe Lock Approach
Saturday July 1:
James R. Barker - Upbound in the Lower St. Mary's River Quebecois - Downbound in the Lower Poe Lock Approach in the Lower St. Mary's River Two bows meet - Downbound Quebecois passes upbound James R. Barker Quebecois - Downbound at Mission Point Quebecois - Scenic stern view passing Mission Point
Quebecois - Stern view close-up below Mission Point Algowood - Upbound in the Upper Poe Lock Approach James R. Barker - Upbound in the Lower Poe Lock Approach awaiting its turn in the lock Mississagi - Downbound in the MacArthur Lock Mississagi Flags - "Don't Give Up The Ship" is one of them
Mississagi - Downbound at Mission Point Mississagi - Stern view downbound past Mission Point James R. Barker - No, the Barker isn't afire at the bow, it is passing Algoma Steel where they burn off excess gasses from the mill Regan - A tug gets ready for the Tug Boat Races Boomalong - This colorful tug will also be in the races
William C. Gaynor - One of the larger tugs in the races St. Clair - Downbound above West Pier in the Upper St. Mary's River St. Clair - Downbound at Mission Point Two Ships Pass - The two Great Lakes ships with the oddest dimensions, the upbound Roger Blough (858-ft. long x 105-ft. wide) and the downbound St. Clair (770-ft. long x 92-ft. wide), pass each other below Mission Point Roger Blough - Upbound at Mission Point
...and then there were 5 - The Cedarglen (barely visible off the jut of land at the right) joins the crowd as it passes 9-Mile Point 4 of the 5 - American Valor is out of the picture, but the Cedarglen is now clearly visible in the background (near the big red marker at 9-Mile Point) American Valor (ex-Armco) - Upbound at Mission Point American Valor - Close-up of her bow American Valor - Close-up of her stern with the American Steamship stack - this is another of the 6 ships that AmShip purchased from Oglebay Norton Co.
American Valor (ex-Armco) - Stern view passing Mission Point Woody - This big upbound saltie is next in line Woody - Close-up of her stern (MV Woody nameboard) with a colorful stack Woody - Stern view passing Mission Point Woody - Stern view close-up showing its (foreign) name
Cason J. Callaway - The upbound parade continues at Mission Point 2 Ships - The upbound Nanticoke follows the upbound Cedarglen as the parade of ships continues to grow Cason J. Callaway - Stern view passing Mission Point Cedarglen - Upbound at Mission Point as the line-up continues Cedarglen - Stern view as it passes the Sugar Island Ferry, Sugar Islander II, at Mission Point
Burns Harbor - Close-up of the deckhouse while downbound in the Lower St. Mary's River (notice that her distinctive vertical brown stripe down the middle of the deckhouse has now been painted white; that stripe had made her one of the easiest Bay-Ship-footers to identify) Burns Harbor - Downbound at Mission Point Burns Harbor - Stern view downbound past Mission Point Maritime Trader (ex-Teakglen & ex-Mantadoc) - Upbound below Mission Point Maritime Trader - Upbound at Mission Point
Maritime Trader - Close-up of her distinctive blue & white bow Maritime Trader - ... and her stern with the stylized "M" on her stack Maritime Trader - Stern view passing Mission Point Maritime Trader - Getting a "once-over" from a group of Boatnerds aboard Lock Tours Canada's Chief Shingwauk on the annual "Boatnerd Cruise" Chief Shingwauk - A bunch of happy Boatnerds in the Lower St. Mary's River
Algolake - Upbound and partially raised in the MacArthur Lock Algolake - Just about ready to depart the lock Capt. Anders - The Algolake's captain is most definitely one of the friendliest captains on the Great Lakes today! Algolake - Stern view departing the MacArthur Lock upbound Stewart J. Cort - Downbound at Mission Point
Stewart J. Cort - Downbound approaching a park around "4-mile" (4 miles below the Soo Locks) Stewart J. Cort - Passing the park, these Boatnerds were about to get good and wet!! Mini-tsunami - As the ships pass the park, the water is first sucked away from the beach and then comes back with a vengeance! Mini tsunami continues - A moving wall of water passes us by and floods the beach Stewart J. Cort - Downbound past the park at "4-mile"
Neebish Islander II - The ferry at Neebish Island Crossing Coast Guard Station - At Neebish Island Crossing (now abandoned) Stewart J. Cort - Downbound approaching the Neebish Island Ferry landing south of the Soo Rock Cut - The north end of the "Rock Cut" as seen from the Neebish Island Ferry landing - this channel is used strictly for downbound ships (except in rare circumstances), the upbound ships pass along the other side of Neebish Island Rock Cut - Looking north from about the center of the Rock Cut
Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. - Stern view upbound passing Mission Point Algonova - Tanker downbound at Mission Point Algonova - Stern view downbound past Mission Point 3 ships - The downbound Algonova meets the upbound H. Lee White and Voyager Independent (R to L) H. Lee White - Upbound at Mission Point
Federal Hudson - Upbound passing Mission Point (from a little over a mile away) Algomarine - Upbound in the Lower St. Mary's River Canadian Enterprise - Downbound departing the Soo Locks against a beautiful sunset!! Federal Hudson - Upbound in the Lower St. Mary's River off James A. Alford Park 2 ships passing - Upbound Federal Hudson passes the downbound Canadian Enterprise in the Lower St. Mary's River
Federal Hudson - Close-up in the Lower St. Mary's River as dusk approaches Algomarine - Stern view upbound into a setting sun
Atlantic Huron - Downbound and still waiting out in the river off West Pier - normally, they would have tied up to the north side of the Upper Poe Lock Approach Wall; but there is a problem with that wall, so the ships cannot tie up there right now 3 ships - (L to R) Algomarine loading at Algoma Steel Export Dock, upbound Charles M. Beeghly and downbound Atlantic Huron (all beyond Wesy Pier) Algomarine - Stern view loading at Algoma Steel Export Dock Atlantic Huron - Finally ready to enter the Poe Lock downbound Saginaw - Upbound in the MacArthur Lock
Saginaw (deck view) - Notice that there is no hatch crane aboard this ship; it has some very old-style telescoping hatch covers that fold up like an accordion door. These hatch covers need to be covered with tarps in heavy weather to keep the cargo dry. Saginaw - Stern view of the ship about to depart the MacArthur Lock Saginaw - Upbound passing Algoma Steel, which happens to be where she is headed; she will head a little further up-river and then make an almost 180-degree turn into the channel leading to Algoma Steel Corp. Algomarine - Broadside view loading at Algoma Steel Export Dock Two bows - The upbound Saginaw passes the loading Algomarine
Alpena - Scenic view downbound above West Pier Alpena - Downbound and about to pass under the International Bridge in the Upper Locks approach Alpena - Stern view after passing under the bridge in the Upper Locks approach Alpena - Ground-level stern view entering the MacArthur Lock downbound American Integrity (ex-Oglebay Norton) - View of her deckhouse while upbound in the Poe Lock
American Mariner - Stern view upbound passing Mission Point Alpena - Downbound at the park at "4-Mile" Alpena - Stern view downbound past "4-Mile" Algomarine - Downbound in the Lower St. Mary's River Algomarine - Downbound at Mission Point as the skies darken
Tuesday July 4 (Happy Fourth of July!):
James R. Barker - Downbound at Mission Point Valley Camp Museum Ship - Open for tours during the tourist season and well worth the money Ojibway - The supply ship is provisioning the downbound Presque Isle Presque Isle - Downbound after departing the Poe Lock with the Ojibway still alongside Presque Isle - Downbound at Mission Point under a gorgeous sky
Adam E. Cornelius - Upbound and ready to depart the Poe Lock Maritime Trader - Downbound at Mission Point Maritime Trader - Broadside view downbound at Mission Point 3 ships - Downbound Maritime Trader meets the upbound American Fortitude while the Indiana Harbor makes the turn at "6-Mile" point 3 ships - Another view (close-up)
Indiana Harbor - Stern view passing Mission Point Cedarglen - Downbound approaching West Pier above the Soo Locks Cedarglen - Tied up along the south wall at West Pier in the upper approaches to the Soo Locks American Fortitude (ex-Courtney Burton) - Upbound after departing the MacArthur Lock 2 ships - Upbound American Fortitude passes downbound Cedarglen which is still tied up at West Pier
Algolake - Downbound approaching the park at "4-Mile" Algolake - Stern view downbound past "4-Mile" John J. Boland - Upbound in the Lower St. Mary's River having just passed Mission Point 2 ships pass - Upbound John J. Boland has just passed downbound Cedarglen in the Lower St. Mary's River Cedarglen - Stern view downbound in the Lower St. Mary's River
Diezeborg - Downbound at Mission Point on a cold, blustery evening Diezeborg - Downbound past Mission Point (I was darn near frozen by now ... it was C_O_L_D!!!)
Wednesday July 5:
Algoisle - Downbound in the MacArthur Lock on a beautiful day ... wish I didn't have to leave for home today!! Algoisle - Downbound in the MacArthur Lock (from the viewing tower) Algoisle - Downbound at Mission Point Algoisle - Stern view downbound past Mission Point
Well, that's it - the end of a wonderful trip. Hope you enjoyed the photos!! Thanks for visiting!!! Until next time ... Three Long & Two Short!