Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Boat watching - Riverside Park

A week ago, a friend of mine asked if I wanted to go ship watching. I reluctantly agreed because I had a lot to do around my place, but I'm glad I decided to go. It was a really nice day and we saw a number of boats.



We stopped at Riverside Park in Detroit. The park itself is a dump, but it is a great spot for ship watching. There is also a nice view of the Detroit Skyline.



This is the Friendship based out of Portofinos Restaurant in Wyandotte.



At the north end of the park the J. W. Westcott II is docked. It delivers mail to ships as they pass Detroit. It has it's own zipcode, 48222. Here she is leaving the dock with Detroit in the background. I was surprised to see it running on a Sunday, figuring it was a government operation. Upon further investigation, it appears that she is actually run by the J.W. Westcott Company and is contracted to the postal service.



The J.W. Westcott II as she passes by Riverside Park.



The Orsula and J.W. Westcott II as they approach Riverside Park. For comparison, the J.W. Westcott II is 45 feet long.




The J.W. Westcott II alongside the Orsula. It appears as if she were delivering a crewman aboard as we watched someone climb a ladder to the deck of the Orsula.



Passing underneath the Ambassador Bridge.



From left to right. The downbound Saguenay. The J.W. Westcott II returning to port. The upbound Orsula. An unidentified motorboat.



The Saguenay and the Orsula.



The Saguenay approaches the Ambassador Bridge.



Downbound.



The American Mariner with the Detroit River Princess maneuvering.



The American Mariner.



Heading south.

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