Greyfox Dock or Grand Truck Car Ferry Launch
The former Grand Truck Railroad Car Ferry Launch is now the home of the US Navy Sea Cadet Greyfox. Since the opening of the new tunnel, Grand Truck abandoned the launch and the former yard is now a dirt and gravel parking lot for the Seaport Terminal. Today the Greyfox and crew are at the Seaport Terminal giving tours of the ship as part of the "Be a Tourist in Your Own Town" event. The local authorities were driving in the area too as a training exercise for marine rescue.
This is the ramp, called an apron, that used to connect to the Grand Truck Railroad car ferries taking the railroad cars from the U.S. to Canada and back.
This structure has a matching unit on the other side. Together they would set the apron at the appropriate level to meet the car ferry.
Launch Turned to Dock
The once car ferry dock is now the dock for the Navy Sea Cadet Greyfox. Today it was out at the Seaport Terminal giving tours to the good people of Port Huron.
Its a government property. Why would we think any differently?
Photographing the Divers
The Navy Sea Cadets were out on marine rescue training exercises along with the local authorities. Larry, being a diver himself, took an interest in the activities.
The Soon-to-be-Abandoned CSX Yard
For those of you who might not know, I am a railfan. So the departure of the CSX railroad from the Port Huron riverfront is a little bitter-sweet. I'll be happy to see the new park when its finished, but the old yard and ferry launch will reportedly be coming out as part of the upgrades.
No real story, just a cool ground throw.
Seaboard System 2667
This EMD GP38-2 sits with two other locomotives in the soon to be abandoned CSX yard near the mouth of the Black River.
This is an EMD GP15T -- one of Larry's favorite diesel locomotives.
This is an EMD SD-40. Many railfans consider the SD-40s to be the best of the DC locomotives.
Coast Guard Cutter Bramble
Once again we found ourselves visiting the river front in Port Huron on June 4th. Our first stop this Saturday was the Coast Guard Cutter Bramble, now a floating museum.
The Coast Guard Cutter Bramble is servicable ship, but now sits docked at the Seaport terminal as a museum. The Coast Gaurd replaced the Bramble was replaced by the Hollyhock.
These massive ropes are used to tie off the Bramble.
Yup -- Its a Pulley
There's nothing special here -- this is just another pullley from the Bramble.
Yes, I guess I have a thing for pulleys.
I just love circles.
Too bad this was turned on. What a cool fixture though.
What's our Heading?
This compass looked cool. Alas we didn't get any details about the compass or its use with the many visitors swarming the ship.
This was posted near the ship's mess on the Coast Guard Cutter Bramble. Just to the right of this sign was the Damage Control locker.
The Coast Guard Cutter Bramble is docked at the Seaport terminal as part of the Port Huron Museum's exhibits.
Port Huron Lighthouse
Port Huron Lighthouse
This lighthouse will reportedly be converted to a museum for the City of Port Huron soon.
Views along the Greenway
These images were also taken on our Memorial Weekend trip to Port Huron.
Come Fly With Me
This is the only seagull shot that I felt worth posting. I would have had more, but that darned buffer on the D100 was constantly full.
Under the Blue Water Bridge
Turning the corner under the bridge, there's quite a few ships that pass this way daily.
If you're in a pleasure craft and you see this, RUN!
Turning to Make the Bridge
This huge freighter is turning to make the turn under the Blue Water Bridge and down the river.
The Lightship Huron
On Saturday, May 28th, Larry, Drie and I decided to take a trip out to Port Huron, Drie's first "real" trip to the city. We spent most of the day along the riverfront, checking out the views and attractions from the Blue Water Bridge and just South. We started at the "Lightship Huron" (now museum) and enjoyed our first visit to the ship.
Larry shoots some of the Lightship Huron's finer points while Drie attempts to stay warm on the deck.
The Blue Water Bridge
What an excellent view from the deck of the Lightship Huron.
Well, perhaps not. The spiderwebs to this large pulley are a pretty good indication that this has not been used for sometime.
Outboard Motor Logo
This logo was on the outboard motor of the lauch on the deck of the Lightship Huron.
Department on Mines? On a ship?
Um, sure? Why not?
This case is displayed in the engine room of the Lightship Huron.
"Life Boat Tea"
The galley of the Lightship Huron isn't all that exciting, but I thought the placement of "Life Boat Tea" over the sink was worth the photo.