I love boats and boating. Our family started boating when I was a teenager and it’s been love ever since.
I have been watching with interest the travels of a retired naval destroyer as she is towed to her new home in Bay City, Michigan. The journey began in Philadelphia on July 18th, with the Edson being towed by a tug named Colonel. The boats will have traveled 2,436 miles to arrive in Bay City, off Lake Huron, sometime tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 7th.
Bay City native Kenneth Bailey captured this photo of the USS Edson as it passed the Ambassador Bridge in the Detroit River on Aug 5. As featured on http://www.mlive.com Aug. 6, 2012.
A comment on-line led me to the website http://www.marinetraffic.com where I was able to see the boat come out of the Weland locks into Lake Erie, (Fri. & Sat) and watched the little boat-icon move into the Detroit River Sunday. It’s pretty cool to see the vessels on the waterways moving here and there. Enter the ship’s name on the left and zoom in to the Lake Huron side of Michigan to see the Colonel (that’s the ship which is underway) moving to its destination. (If the boat is out of range, unfortunately, you won’t see it on the screen).
Here’s an excerpt from mlive.com who have been covering the journey since the USS Edson left Philadelphia.
“The tugboat (the Colonel) will lead the Edson to Wirt Stone Dock, located a quarter mile downriver from the Independence Bridge. It will dock here temporarily until mooring installation is complete at its permanent location near the Independence Bridge Boat Launch.
Visitors can expect to first tour the USS Edson around September. The Edson will serve as the floating centerpiece of the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum. In April, the Navy announced it was donating the ship to the museum.
The destroyer got under way from Philadelphia on Wednesday July 18. The ship’s departure marked the beginning of a journey across 2,436 miles of ocean and freshwater from the East Coast to Bay City.”
Article credit to http://connect.mlive.com/user/mikkiburger/index.html
I don’t live far from Bay City. Think I’ll have to road trip over and get some awesome pictures of this elegant, historic vessel as she enters the Saginaw River.
A Big Welcome to the USS Edson as she nears her new home port in Bay City, Michigan!