So yesterday, Murphy and I loaded up and headed back home. The weather-guessers at Flight Services promised me nothing worse than broken clouds at 3500 over northern Ohio, with ceilings rising enroute. That sounded good to me so off we went.
Since I had time to kill, and since the weather forecast was only supposed to improve as time went on, I went off to play a bit. Detroit City Airport's controllers have always been friendly on the radio, so why not swing through there?
Here's City Airport (lately renamed after a corrupt former mayor whose name I shall not speak here) in the background, and what's left of a neighborhood below. See where all of the houses used to be? People abandoned them then other people destroyed them, and finally the state or the federal government provided the money to tear them down. Much of Detroit looks like this now. (Click on the pics to enlarge.)
And here's another Detroit shot. There's a fire burning there, aka, more urban renewal, Detroit-style.
Here's the Renaissance Center. Ford Motor Co. financed it's construction and was headquartered there for years. Now GM is headquartered in their old offices.
Here's the riverfront, Cobo Arena on the left, Hart Plaza center, and Ren Cen on the right.
Mariner's Church in front of that.
Next up, the Ambassador Bridge to Canada.
Farther down, we see a ship unloading at Zug Island.
Presque Isle, a thousand-footer. She's unique in that she's actually a tug/barge combination, with the aft house being a huge tug that fits into a notch in the stern of the huge barge ahead, much like the Sarah Spencer a few posts up.
On the Canadian side, we have the Orsula, a 600-foot bulk carrier flagged out of the Marshall Islands. Looks like she's sliding into a slip to take on a cargo of something that someone somewhere wants.
Catherine Desgagnes, 410 feet long, at a berth.
And farther down, we find the current Bob-lo Island ferry, taking island residents back and forth to the Windsor, Canada dock.
The old Bob-Lo boats, still floating derelict just up-river on the American side, would not be impressed.
More later. The real world is calling and I've got things to do now.