Ice? How about blue water!

I took the pictures in the post below this post with my phone on the Alder and then emailed them to Holly in Arizona. She posted them here. Just below are pictures I took aboard the Alder today (Monday, March 10. 2014. (Click a pic for a larger version)
The Alder performed well making the first trip of the season under the Lift Bridge and into Lake Superior. Only once in the 7.5 mile trip into the lake was she stopped in the ice. Above, the V-shaped mark in the ice is where the bow of the ship was stopped. We are now backing and getting to ram the ice again. Called backing and ramming, after a couple of those, we were back on track.
Above, we return from the land of sky blue waters to the cold cruel northland. The Alder returns from Lake Superior after finding blue water 7.5 miles out, as far as the eye could see.


  1. Great pics Ken…thanx to you and to Holly for her help.

  2. Rita from Georgia says:

    It is hard to believe there is that much open water! Now if the wind just co-operates and doesn’t jam all the ice up in one place. It makes me feel better to know the ice breaking has seriously begun. Spring will be here soon. Can’t wait to see that first boat go out!

  3. As I said in my comment on the previous post, Griffon didn’t slow down so there was no thick ice between the Detroit River and Point Pelee in Erie. Morro Bay has been out breaking ice front of the harbor at Cleveland.

    It looks like Mackinaw is probably heading to Green Bay. They had to break Biscayne out so maybe Mobile Bay needs help too. Mackinaw has not to slow up below 5mph so they are not yet encountering thick ice. It looks like Biscayne is probably working the track left by Mackinaw. Also, Roger Blough was heading north from Milwaukee at 15mph and has only slowed down to 10mph as they approach Sheboygan. So, the ice seems much better than it was last week. This is better than I was expecting.

  4. holly jorgenson says:

    it was sure great to see that bridge go up and a boat go out under it! if the weather cooperates, we might see ships by month’s end!

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