Monday, October 13, 2014
1000 Footer Before Sunrise
The James R. Barker, one of the thousand foot lakers that plies the Great Lakes, was the first ship that we saw passing Cedar Bluff on Sunday morning this past weekend. The lights of the ship, visible in the photo above, formed a sparkling line on the horizon before sunrise.
We have been seeing salties (ocean going vessels) as well as plenty of Great Lakes ships this fall. Since the lake levels are up, it seems that the shipping traffic has picked up considerably this season.
By midafternoon Sunday, I counted five ships either north or south bound on Lake Huron. We can keep track of the shipping traffic by consulting the Boatnerd website, a constantly updated source of shipping information on the Great Lakes.