Wednesday, March 27, 2019

JOYCE L.VANENKEVORT (improvised ice breaker) arrived Two Harbors 03/27/2019



The JOYCE L.VANENKEVORT separated from the barge Great Lakes Trader this morning in Two Harbors to clear ice.  An unusual and interesting operation.


18 comments:

  1. That was awesome to watch. I never saw that maneuver before. Thanks Dennis.
    Joan D.

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  2. I was watching it when it was actually happening. It was unusual and interesting. Thanks for sharing. I can watch it again!

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  3. Absolutely in my top 10 of videos! She is my kind of barge and towboat.

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  4. By the way Dennis, they make it look so easy.

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  5. that looks so funny especially speeded up

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  6. The plus side of an articulated Tug/Barge. Pretty neat show

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  7. interesting, I didn't know this barge came apart into 2 separate pieces!

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    1. 99% of Any Articulated Tug/Barge combo can do this. Presque Isle, the big 1000 footer, Joyce's fleetmate, Clyde S. Presque Isle came apart last year and had just her barge painted. The 1 % are tugs that are matted with their barges.

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  8. Wow...never seen that. So after "tug" detached there is still power on the barge part...does the barge have it's own propulsion? That is cool. Great vid!

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  9. Now...That was VERY...VERY Cool to watch!!
    Thx Den!!

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  10. Fascinating and puzzling. When American Mariner arrived shortly before, Neil's J was buzzing around. I figured they would have taken care of it already. Unless maybe they couldn't. JLV is a lot bigger and she was back there a long time even in the sped-up video.

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  11. I posted on Ships Nostalgia a link to the youtube version of Joyce breaking Two Harbors ice.

    I have five undated pictures of ATB Joseph H. Thompson and Junior running aground in Duluth Harbor.

    Junior disconnected and pushed and pulled Joe T free, reconnected then docked.

    I got these pictures from a now apparently defunct: www.herbslakeboats.com

    I sailed SS Joseph H. Thompson 4-29-61 - 6-24-61 Ordinary Seaman, 4-2-62 - 12-5-62 Fireman/watertender, 4-15-63 - 12-6-63 Fireman/watertender, 3-24-66 - 9-10-66 Third Assistant Engineer.

    Junior was built with the steel cut off of the stern for the conversion. I hated to see steam plants disappear yet I understand the economics of reducing crew sizes. And when you need a tug you just happen to have one with you.

    Greg Hayden

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  12. Dennis, Thank you for this video. The Joyce L Vanenkevort is my favorite ship. I have never seen her detached from the Great Lakes Trader. This was a really fun video to watch.

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  13. Always VERY cool things to see on your cams!! Thank you for all your hard work! Great stuff!!

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  14. I just imagine the conversation on board like so many Star Trek movies:

    Captain: prepare for separation
    Crew: What? But captain!
    Captain: We can do this, prepare for separation.
    Crew: Ok, yes captain.

    Oh a good ol' fashioned "hold my beer and watch this"

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  15. Way cool. And helpful. Bummed I missed it in real time.

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