Saturday, July 21, 2012

Saginaw River Passages - July 21st

Manitowoc was outbound from the GM Dock early Saturday morning, after unloading there overnight. Algoway finished unloading at the Sargent dock in Zilwaukee, turned in the Sixth Street Turning Basin later in the morning, then slowly departed for the lake, allowing time for her inbound fleet mate, Algorail, to make it to the Buena Vista dock in Saginaw and tie up, before continuing for the lake. Algorail finished unloading at the Buena Vista dock, turned in the Sixth Street Basin, and was outbound for the lake late Saturday afternoon. The Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber were inbound Saturday with a split load. The pair stopped at the Bay City Wirt Stone dock to drop part of thier load, then waited for the outbound Algoway to clear, before heading up to Saginaw to finish unloading at the Wirt Stone Dock in Saginaw. The Moore-Kuber were expected to be outbound late Saturday night.

There are 11 photos posted below from today's Saginaw River vessel passages, enjoy!

Algorail inbound nearing the Burroughs dock, headed for the Buena Vista Dock to unload

Algorail passing the Sargent dock in Zilwaukee where she had unloaded a few days before

Algoway outbound passing ADM.  She is running at a slow bell, waiting for Algorail to make the Buena Vista dock

Algoway outbound passing ADM in Carrollton

Algoway passing her fleetmate, Algorail, at the Buena Vista dock

Another view with the I-75/Zilwaukee Bridge in the Background

Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber inbound at Cass Avenue, headed to the Saginaw Wirt dock

Tug Olive L. Moore in her new paint.  I think she looks great!

Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber inbound passing Cass Avenue

Tugs and barges at the Busch Marine Dock.  The small tug is the Edwin Busch, while the large tug is the ex. Statesboro

Another view of the Busch Dock in Carrollton


  1. I could only see the stack of the Algorail when I got to the Zilwaukee Bridge. I did see much more of the Algoway though. How often have you seen three ships on the Saginaw River at the same time?

  2. Four or five years ago, it was a fairly frequent thing. That was back when there was between 350 - 400 vessel passages a year. Since the economy tanked and we are now topping out at 150-180 passages, three at the same time is sadly pretty rare.