There are certain amongst us who are so involved in this fascinating hobby of ours that we are drawn back each year to a particular place to do our boatwatching or our marine photography. Ye Ed. and various others return again and again to Sault Ste. Marie, there to endure downpours of rain, numbing cold, excessive heat, sitting day after day in a car in a parking lot near the St. Mary's River or doing battle with leaky boats and uncooperative motors, and playing hide-and-seek with miniature tsunamis otherwise known as cruiser wakes, all this in addition to the more enjoyable aspects of ship photography whether done from ashore or from a small boat. But we usually consider that it is all worthwhile, for nowhere else on the lakes is photography so good or the passing lakers so numerous.
Those intending to head up to the Soo this summer might wish to cast their eyes over the following, an excerpt from the vessel passage column which appeared in The Evening Telegram, Toronto, on Monday, August 25, 1947. It gives some indication of what the vessel traffic was like in the immediate post-war years and should evoke a few good groans from those who will wish that they could have been at Little Rapids Cut with a camera.
August 24, Upbound: MAKAWELI, HOWARD M. HANNA JR., 1 a.m.; ROBERT HOBSON, J. PIERPONT MORGAN, 1:30; HARRY YATES, 2; MANTADOC, JOHN IRWIN, ALVA C. DINKEY, 3; VANDOC, 3:30; WILLIAM P. SNYDER JR., ELBERT H. GARY, 4; ANDREW S. UPSON and MARSALA, 5:30; WILLIAM B. DICKSON, LAVALDOC, THOMAS WILSON, 6; CHACORNAC, 8:30; FRANK ARMSTRONG, 9; PERCIVAL ROBERTS JR., 10:30; NORMAN B. REAM, YOUNGSTOWN, noon; NORONIC, ASSINIBOIA, 1:30 p.m.; WOLVERINE, CHARLES S. HEBARD, 2; CAMBRIA, WINDOC, 2:30; S. B. WAY, WILLIAM G. MATHER, 3; JOHN B. COWLE, CLIFFORD F. HOOD, LEON FRASER, POWELL STACKHOUSE, 3:30; JAMES DAVIDSON, 4; HOWARD HINDMAN, GEORGE A. SLOAN, 5; WILLIAM EDENBORN, 5:30; HENRY G. DALTON, NORCO, 6; CHARLES C. WEST, 6:30; ALTADOC and SAGAMORE, 7:30; IRVING S. OLDS, 8:30; E. A. S. CLARKE, 9; LACKAWANNA, 10:30; HARRY COULBY, midnight.
August 24, Downbound: SIR WILLIAM FAIRBAIRN and MAIA, STANDARD PORTLAND CEMENT, 1 a.m.; SEWELL AVERY, 1:30; THE HARVESTER, J. L. REISS, 2; AMAZON, J. H. SHEADLE, ALGOSTEEL, 2:30; ROBERT C. STANLEY, 3:30; WILLIAM H. WOLF, 6; CARMI A. THOMPSON, ODANAH, 7; ROBERT L. IRELAND, MOHAWK DEER and ALFRED KRUPP, KEEWATIN, 7:30; DAVID Z. NORTON, 8; SAMUEL MATHER, 8:30; PETER WHITE, 9; WILLIAM A. IRVIN, 9:30; MAUNALOA II and JOHN A. ROEBLING, 10; JAY C. MORSE, CORALIA, 11; CRETE, 11:30; EDWARD J. BERWIND, 12:30 p.m.; D. 0. MILLS, 1:30; CORNELL, SELKIRK, 2; CUYLER ADAMS, 2:30; A. H. FERBERT, 3; E. E. JOHNSON and FLORENCE J., KENORA, OUTARDE, 4; J. BURTON AYERS, 4:30; DOUGLASS HOUGHTON and JOHN FRITZ, 5; D. G. KERR, 6:30; WILLIAM J. OLCOTT, 7; VISCOUNT BENNETT, 7:30; JOHN T. HUTCHINSON, 8; SULPHITE and SWEDEROPE, 8:30; NEGAUNEE, 10; EDWARD G. SEUBERT, 10:30.
August 25, Upbound: ALGOWAY, BEAUMONT PARKS, 2:30 a.m.; LEHIGH, 3:30; JOHN C. WILLIAMS, 4; GEORGE W. PERKINS, 5:30; SASKADOC, 6.
August 25, Downbound: ALBERT E. HEEKIN, 12:30 a.m.; COLONEL JAMES PICKANDS, 2:30; JAMES WATT, 3; WILLIAM E. COREY, 5:30; EUGENE W. PARGNY, HENRY FORD II, 6:30; NORWAY, 7:30.
We would also note that only twelve of the ships named herein were still operating in 1978 under the same name AND for the same owner (or affiliate thereof). Let's see how many of our readers can spot them. Remember that the ships must have been in active service in 1978.
Reproduced for the Web with the permission of the Toronto Marine Historical Society.