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Who Likes Ships? We Have Aircraft and Trains.

mrhemi

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For any ship fans out there, this is the laker Roger Blough being towed by my place on Saturday. Down bound on the St.Clair River. A bit of a bad sign, I hope it is not on the way to be scrapped. A quick Google search did not shed any light on it's current status. It had been laided up since the start of the pandemic and then suffered a catastrophic engine room fire about 18 months ago. It may have been deemed not economical to repair.
The Roger Blough was the last Great Lakes freighter built in the traditional fore and aft cabin configuration. It was commissioned in the early to mid 70's by United States Steel Corp.

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Sailed on these two in 1960. Memorable. Fond memories.

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Got a personalized tour of this one in 1977 while it was in Norfolk, Virginia. Kind of small for a tall person, but acceptable. Bunk beds were a bit short. I could not get a tour of a sub.

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Caption: Farragut steams toward Copenhagen, Denmark, 22 June 1967, in this photo taken by Senior Chief Photographer’s Mate W.A. Jackman) (U.S. Navy Photograph NH 106801, Naval History & Heritage Command)
 
Got a personalized tour of this one in 1977 while it was in Norfolk, Virginia. Kind of small for a tall person, but acceptable. Bunk beds were a bit short. I could not get a tour of a sub.

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Caption: Farragut steams toward Copenhagen, Denmark, 22 June 1967, in this photo taken by Senior Chief Photographer’s Mate W.A. Jackman) (U.S. Navy Photograph NH 106801, Naval History & Heritage Command)
Adams Class DDG. I was stationed on the USS Robison, DDG 12 out of San Diego 85-88. Pretty nimble ships. All decommissioned and sold off for scraped now.
 
Got a personalized tour of this one in 1977 while it was in Norfolk, Virginia. Kind of small for a tall person, but acceptable. Bunk beds were a bit short. I could not get a tour of a sub.

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Caption: Farragut steams toward Copenhagen, Denmark, 22 June 1967, in this photo taken by Senior Chief Photographer’s Mate W.A. Jackman) (U.S. Navy Photograph NH 106801, Naval History & Heritage Command)
If you would like to tour a sub and are up for the trip, in Manitowoc Wisconsin there is a WW2 sub they give tours for at the maritime museum. I got to go there as a kid many moons ago. I haven't been back since, but they did a lot of restoration work in the last 20 years or so. Hmmm....I should cruise over there this summer I think.
 
I Love ships, warships,sailing ships, old ships, all ships really. I was in the navy but never in the fleet. They flew us seabees everywhere.
I've toured 3 of 4 of the Iowa class. I still have to see the Iowa. Drank beer on the New Jersey a few times. Spent hours on the North Carolina. Watched part of the Monitor restoration
 
From Duluth, MN - August, 2022.

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With a 12 knot cruising speed, you wouldn't have thought it would have gotten very far in three hours. :)

The actual 1964 Wheeler that was used in the second and third seasons, now docked in Nanoose Bay, Vancouver Island B.C. It looks a little different because the second owner had it modified in 1971.
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