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Re: Freighter stuck in Lake Erie may be freed this afternoon!
« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2015, 08:47:16 PM »

The Anderson is now sitting in Sarnia. The Griffon appears to be stuck, quite a ways South of Sarnia. She's sitting next to a big tug boat. Gotta wonder if she's stuck?

Looking over the stats for the Anderson... That's a big ship!!!!!!!
Over 700 feet long!!!!  Man!


There are four Canadian and US ice breakers there within just a few miles...   and a couple of other big freighters and a tug boat all sitting in the middle of the river (if that positioning is dead on and I'd bet it is)!  Probably they're only opening a path wide enough for a freighter to get through and probably not too many stretches to 'pass' so they may be waiting to get on out into Lake Huron...   and they may be waiting for an 'escort'...   they're heading north so I'm thinking with the cold we've had the ice is only going to get thicker as they get closer to home!!!

Video of them unloading at Zug Island...  taken from a passing pleasure boat:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbRb6ftYGEA


Here's the wiki page on it...   63 years old and still going strong!!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Arthur_M._Anderson





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Re: Freighter stuck in Lake Erie may be freed this afternoon!
« Reply #16 on: February 26, 2015, 08:47:49 PM »

They'd all be "stuck" at the donut shop!!!

 ;) ;) ;)
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« Reply #17 on: February 26, 2015, 08:49:58 PM »

I wonder how thick the ice is out in Lake Huron right now?
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Re: Freighter stuck in Lake Erie may be freed this afternoon!
« Reply #18 on: February 26, 2015, 09:02:46 PM »

I wonder how thick the ice is out in Lake Huron right now?


Looks like it's thickest closest to shore...  guess that's where it starts freezing so it would be.  This chart says the 'mean' thickness is 48.5 cm which would be about 20" if I calculated right... but that means there's some that's a lot thicker too!!!



Here's way more info on the great lakes ice than I ever wanted to know...

just think...  this is your tax dollars at work ;) ;) ;)

http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/glcfs/glcfs-ice.php?lake=h&type=F&hr=01
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Re: Freighter stuck in Lake Erie may be freed this afternoon!
« Reply #19 on: February 26, 2015, 09:08:23 PM »

Speaking of ice thickness............ A toast to you, BRD, the brave men and women who are keeping the lakes ice free, and the good people of the Kentucky Bourbon Industry who keep my internal parts from freezing.
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Re: Freighter stuck in Lake Erie may be freed this afternoon!
« Reply #20 on: February 26, 2015, 09:16:49 PM »

Speaking of ice thickness............ A toast to you, BRD, the brave men and women who are keeping the lakes ice free, and the good people of the Kentucky Bourbon Industry who keep my internal parts from freezing.

There is no doubt in the world that has got to be one tough job...

one big thing between the 'old' and the 'new' Mackinac cutters was the number of crew is way less than half...   lots of remote control and hydraulics I'm sure...

but at some point 'people' still have to get out and work in some miserable working conditions!!!

I'll bet they've got a little Kentucky Bourbon stashed aboard somewhere ;) ;) ;)
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Re: Freighter stuck in Lake Erie may be freed this afternoon!
« Reply #21 on: February 26, 2015, 09:25:24 PM »

Other than one US cutter heading south and getting close to Sarnia right now I don't see another ship on open water in the Great Lakes!!! 

I wonder why it's so critical the Andersen gets 'home' for a couple of months ??? ??? ???

Might be a lot easier to moor it in Sarnia and take a limo home ;) ;) ;)
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« Reply #22 on: February 26, 2015, 09:54:11 PM »

A little background on the joint Canadian-US Ice Breaking operations:

http://coastguardnews.com/us-and-canadian-coast-guard-commence-operation-coal-shovel/2015/01/08/
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Re: Freighter stuck in Lake Erie may be freed this afternoon!
« Reply #23 on: February 27, 2015, 07:47:38 AM »

I'm watching the Samuel Risley and the Griffon cruising up and down the St. Clair River, looks like they're trying to open a path.  With temperatures well below zero, it's a never ending job, I guess.

I lost track of the Anderson...  Am I missing it? 
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« Reply #24 on: February 27, 2015, 08:09:43 AM »

I'm watching the Samuel Risley and the Griffon cruising up and down the St. Clair River, looks like they're trying to open a path.  With temperatures well below zero, it's a never ending job, I guess.

I lost track of the Anderson...  Am I missing it?

I don't see it either... 

even in great weather in the summertime it could have only made 150 miles... 

Equipment failure from the nasty cold?

maybe this will be a mystery like the transponder turned off on the airliner!!!
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« Reply #25 on: February 27, 2015, 08:23:29 AM »

There she is!!!

Steaming along at only 6.4 knots, well into Lake Huron.

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« Reply #26 on: February 27, 2015, 08:28:19 AM »

I see it now...   just about straight east of Croswell...  looks like it only made about 20 miles overnight!

Says it's moving at 6.4 knots now...

still a long, long way to Sturgeon Bay!!!

I thought at first they said they were heading to Duluth, MN which would have been a lot longer trip and through the Soo Locks and then all the way across Lake Superior.

As the 'crow flies' they're about 260 miles to Sturgeon Bay right now so probably double that for their 'thru the straits' trip!!!

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« Reply #27 on: February 27, 2015, 08:29:17 AM »

There she is!!!

Steaming along at only 6.4 knots, well into Lake Huron.

Something must have been wrong with their transponder or the antenna...   ice buildup maybe ??? ??? ???
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« Reply #28 on: February 27, 2015, 08:37:52 AM »

Something must have been wrong with their transponder or the antenna...   ice buildup maybe ??? ??? ???

Could be.  It's fricking COLD out there!!!

Hope she gets where she's going safely.
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« Reply #29 on: February 27, 2015, 11:39:54 AM »

Approaching Harbor Beach...

shortly it can start making a gradual turn to the west and heading for the straits...

The ice breaker is following now!!!

Andersen is making 11.2 knots!
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