Wednesday, July 28, 2010

2009 Compared to 2010

There are many economic experts who analyze numbers to make predictions about trends and the upcoming future of any industry. I'm sure Great Lakes shipping has its own set of pundits. But I'm going to step out on a limb and make my own observation and prediction.

My observation isn't based on economic indicators or anything from Wall Street. Rather, my indicators are the ships that are passing by our cabin here on the St. Marys River.

I am a compulsive person when it comes to boat watching. Since I was a child, I have kept a record of the boats I see. Back in the 1950's and 1960's all I had to use was a notebook, a Know Your Ships book and my eyes. I couldn't identify individual ships but only shipping company based on the smokestack. My grandfather wouldn't let me use his binoculars for fear that I would break them.

When my husband & I purchased my grandparent's cabin in 1998, the first thing I did was buy a pair of binoculars with the money I inherited. Since that time, I've gotten a telescope for better boat watching. I keep my log on an Excel spreadsheet and we've also gotten a scanner.

So I'm using my boatwatching list to make an observation on Great Lakes shipping. I picked a day- July 26 and I compared the 2009 number of ships to 2010. I can say based on these facts that shipping in on the increase.

Ships passing the Cabin
2009- 7 boats
2010- 16 boats

So the Wall Street experts might be saying that our economic future is very uncertain. But things are looking up here. At least for the joy of boatwatching!


Cathy Clementz said...

I'm glad you posted this info! You sure are meticulous about your boats! And we are glad of it!

Sault Boat Watcher said...

I appreciate your positive spin on my 'hobby'. My family has other words than meticulous. Thanks Cathy.

Amy said...

I second what Cathy said, I check your blog every day, as well as watch fore your posts about the
boats on Facebook. It is nice to have an "inside view" (of sorts) to when a boat will be at the Locks...and your pictures take the cake....I am about green with envy, because my husband and I can only dream of living in the UP...we aren't making it up this year, and I am missing it year though, we are coming for Soo Locks Engineer's Day...