Sunday, October 26, 2008

Freedom visits the Sault

Thanks to Linda of Sault Ste. Marie Convention and Visitors Bureau for these pictures and story. Linda maintains a great Facebook page under Sault Michigan. She has more area photos there.

The Navy Ship "Freedom" made it first maiden voyage after leaving the shipyard in Marietta WI. Sault Ste Marie was the very first stop it made on her way up to Duluth MN. She stopped here for about 4 hours. We were able to go on board the ship and meet the crew. She can go about 55mph and has a draft of 13.5 ft.

Scott Burtt with some of the crew members. It was an amazing experience for these children.

Mayor Bosbous and children and grandchildren of the welcoming committee with Commanding Officer Gabrielson.

The Commander if Don Gabrielson, CDR USN

Friday, October 10, 2008

Summer's End

October is a beautiful time on the St. Marys River. The maple trees of Sugar Island provide a beautiful backdrop for the blue ribbon of water of the river. My hydrangea bush is in its full glory. The white blooms are now turning pink. This bush was planted by my grandmother many years ago and was her favorite. It is my favorite also along with my sweet peas which are now done blooming.
Shipping still continues at a fast pace.
Unidentified tug and barge.

Coast Guard cutter

Have you ever seen the river looking more beautiful? Each season has its highlights and I hope you enjoy these photos taken by my husband.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Things to Do

Since I'm away from the river right now, I'm using the web to follow what's new on the St. Marys River and in the shipping industry.

The problems at the Poe Lock are making big news. Having the Poe Lock shut down emphasizes how dependent the shipping industry is on the this one lock that can handle 1,000 ships.
You can read about it at Another Poe Lock Problem Could Maroon 70% of the Great Lakes Fleet.

I also found a lighthouse festival in Alpena on You can read about it on Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival in Alpena.

While I am gone, I would appreciate hearing from my readers about what is happening on the river. Thanks