Feb 19-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: February: Feb 19-04
Traversing the Canal    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Olivia Bartlett

Mary Drew, in a warmer climate for a few days on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 05:21 am:

Between the cities of Houghton and Hancock, lies a body of water known as the Portage Lake Shipping Canal. This time of year it becomes better known as the Portage Ice Pack. Olivia Bartlett braves the icy spectacle to take us on a stroll towards the Keweenaw Star and The Ranger III, docked on the Houghton side. Looks like there's been some snowmobile activity out there too.

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By Carole on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 05:28 am:

Wow! First one to check in before heading off to work.

By Alex Tiensivu, Georgia on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 07:06 am:

I wonder if she continues walking far enough, if they'll make the bridge go up for her! :)

By Dave in Mad City Wisconsin on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 07:16 am:

maybe if she's walking backwards :)

By Sarah, stuck in Ohio on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 07:20 am:

Yikes! I didn't realize the Keweenaw Star and the Ranger III stay in the water (or ice) all winter!

Hey Rachel- you want to go for a walk?

By PSmitSC on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 07:55 am:

Re the Ranger. Beautiful shot-Do they keep the ice cut away a few feet from the ship to prevent damage from the pressure of the ice against the hull or isn't that a problem?
Enjoy this site on twice daily basis, keep up the good work.

By LE, Montague, MI on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 08:32 am:

Yikes!! I don't care how thick the ice gets on the Portage Lake. There's a strong current running all the time -- all snowmobiles and people would be smart to stay off the ice, especially as we start having warmer, sunny days.

By Dave of Mohawk on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 09:48 am:

The boat docked in front of the Ranger III is not the Keweenaw Star; it's the Isle Royale Queen from Copper Harbor. The Keweenaw Star is docked down near the Isle Royale sands. If walking or snowmobiling on the ice in the area of the Ranger III care should be taken to stay away from the ship, there's a bubbler system near the bow to keep the thruster tube from freezing and the ice in that area is very thin.

By John / New Hampshire on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 09:52 am:

In my "days at Tech" I used to tend bar and wait tables at the (then) Northern Lights restaurant atop the (then) Ramada Inn. All winter long, day and night, we would see snowmobiles racing on the canal. Late in the season pressure ridges would develop in the narrow sections and really make those riders bounce - saw a few accidents out there but never saw anyone go through (though we had the number for Houghton police handy,.....just in case.)

By Vanessa, Calumet, MI on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 10:15 am:

HAHA thanks for the "don't try this at home"!!

By rjr on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 10:17 am:

beautiful, crisp blue sky, clean white snow, sure would love to be cattin around in that weather. on the ice or up in the bush doesn't really matter, just getting out in that mid winter sun is exhilerating.

By cheryl gwinn,mi on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 11:51 am:

Ice is already starting to break up on Keweenaw Bay near Baraga. Guys have pulled their ice shanties back to shore. Pretty soon you won't see any more snowmobile tracks out there on Portage Canal. Or at least we hope not! Spring is coming.

By Keith, Camp Lejeune, NC on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 12:17 pm:

Yeah, must be nice to have some snow.... I'll be thinking of that when I'm running along Topsail Beach, NC this afternoon in the 60+ sunny weather!

By CN Wisconsin on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 12:19 pm:

John I also worked at the Northern Lights then I moved out to New Hampshire for three years then I moved back to MI. for college. New Hampshire is a beautiful State still would like to move back some day. Which are did you move to?

By Rachel, Little Betsy on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 01:09 pm:

Hey Sarah! I am waiting for news broadcasts around here of people getting stuck out on ice caps. In Macomb County they have to pay now after their first rescue. I think it's just easier to wait until spring!

By Paul, Webberville Troll on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 01:30 pm:

An e-mail today from our daughter and son-in-law in Z'Hills, Florida says that the Robins are bunching up in big flocks there! Coming back all ready? I had to move a bunch of snow to get to my pole barn. There is no frost in the ground here! We're headed for 10 days in Florida on the 27th. Will get to hear the crack of the bats at Lakeland. Have tickets to the Tiger/Pittsburg game on the 5th of March. Play ball! Think Spring!

By John / New Hampshire on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 02:32 pm:

So, CN in Wisconsin - I am in Temple, New Hampshire. Where did you live while you were here? What did you do at the Nor. Lights?

By marge in cincinnati on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 02:57 pm:

Am I gonna sign up with an ISP called Pasty.com and have my email address be marge@pasty.com? What would the flatland touristers think?

By CN in Wisconsin on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 03:46 pm:

I lived in Milford New Hampshire and when I worked at the Northern lights in the mid to late 80's. I washed dishes and did prep cooking. I believe I worked there the same time you did.

By Joe Finn, Rhinelander, Wi on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 04:11 pm:

Debbie, pastyorders: My parents got the pasties in St. Louis, Mo., and enjoyed them so much. They were so happy to get a touch from home. This site is such a wonderful thing, especially for people who had to leave the UP because the mines closed. The mine in wakefield closed in my Junior year in high school. If it didn't I, would be working there now. Thanks for all the help.

By John / New Hampshire on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 04:55 pm:

CN in Wisconsin - I work in Milford, NH! Small world, eh? Did you work in the kitchen with Tim N.?

By troll in Eagle Harbor on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 05:11 pm:

PAUL,Webberville...Have a great time way down yonder.As nice as it's been up here lately,I figure I can wait for the warmer months...I have a great yooper tan.My face is nicely colored.Don't know if it's from the sun or the wind.heh heh..

By Ray Martin.......Washington on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 07:19 pm:

Hey Joe Finn:You stated you worked in the mines in Wakefield. I dont know you age but I had an uncle who worked there by the name of Elmer Lusa, nickname Spooner. He had two sons, Dick and Bill and a daughter Lois. My mother came from Wakefield Her name was Amy Lusa. Any chance you knew any of them. Ray Martin

By Steve, Eagle River WI on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 10:37 pm:

Dave of Mohawk good catch on the Isle Royale Queen, I was just there two weeks ago and have some pictures of both of them. I have a question, if they keep the ice away from the Ranger III why don't they do it for the Queen I would think that the ice would damage her?

By Dave of Mohawk on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 12:14 am:

It's not that the ice will damage the hull of the vessel; it's heavy enough steel, both the Queen and the RIII. The only reason for the bubbler at the bow of the RIII is because of the bow thruster tube. Most of the freighters when they are laid up for winter the thruster tubes are out of the water when all the ballast is pumped out. The RIII thruster tube is still below surface and may get damaged if it didn't have the bubbler.

By T, MN on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 02:05 am:

How the heck do you know so much about the Queen and the RIII?

By Tom,Calumet on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 05:17 pm:

Dave,Mohawk, is this dave aho? do you work on the rangerIII? how do you know so much?

By Dave of Yellow Jacket on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 06:45 pm:

Hello Dave of Mohawk,
Dave of yellow jacket says hello. Your old neighborhood is now being guarded by an old Laurium boy. I lived across the street from your old house from Sept. of 1991 to May of 1992. Lot of fond memories of W. Acorn. See Ya Around.

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