So on Monday, I headed for home after parting company with Aaron of The Shekel. Passing through Toledo, I spied the museum ship Col. John M. Schoonmaker tied up along the Maumee River and decided to stop to see it and the attached National Museum of the Great Lakes.
Alas, on arrival, I discovered that it was closed on Mondays. Sigh.
But I was in a mood to see a ship, dammit. And where there's a will...
I'd seen an old self-unloading bulk carrier wharfside a bit farther down Front Street, so I figured that I'd head over that way and see what I could see. Sure enough, there on the river's edge sat a classic lake freighter just begging for my attention.
So I accepted the invite. Camera in hand, I went closer.
SS Algorail, and I'm good without the signs. I've got my phone to look up her history so it doesn't take long to figure out that she was launched April 1, 1968, and that she's 640 feet long, 72 feet wide, and draws 40 feet when loaded with her full cargo capacity of 23,750 tons of whatever bulk cargo that they choose to load her with.
Bet it's locked today though.
More great Algorail shots on this site.