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INFORMATION ON THE JOSEPH H. THOMPSON:

http://www.boatnerd.com/pictures/fleet/thompson.htm

This freighter was changed into a barge and tug combination. In order to save money, this change has been a trend in recent years to reduce the crew to fewer than half the previous number of men required to operate the vessel.

ABOUT THIS PHOTO: The river south of the Blue Water Bridge, Port Huron, Michigan, is bent and the walkway where I take these photos allows me a one second window at which to catch this position. The current in that location is at 4.5 knots and the freighters run at 12 knots under the bridge. The 'Thompson' was still a few hundred feet north of the bridge, before she turned. 1000 foot freighters have to turn on a different angle, because the river bend is short.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Lens:4.3 - 215.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24.0 - 1200.8 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:4 Sep 2013 - 3:11 PM
Focal Length:215mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.5
Aperture:f/6.5
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:80
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Dead Center
Username:doerthe doerthe
Uploaded:6 Sep 2013 - 1:40 AM
Tags:Transport
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handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States7 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2013 - 2:19 AM

As a sailor, and from one almost hair raising experience, if this ship were moving, I would not want to be that close, dead off the bow. It is a great shot........and as there is no bow wave, it is probably safe to assume that the Joseph H. Thompson was not moving.

Peter

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pablophotographer e2 Member 3496 forum postspablophotographer vcard 188 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2013 - 3:29 AM

Bow anchors are up, it could be the stern ones that hold it immobile, but I see trailing waters at the stern, with lighter colour, making me think its in motion. Judging from the few visible bow markings (10 in total) it seems to be loaded now. It (or she) floats quite gently and stealthly for its (her) size. I have seen it floating in youtube...

Built in 1944(!) it has transferred troops and now is used for carrying Ore. Floats under US flag. Has seen service in Oceans and Lakes. Must be about 706 feet long, beam about 72", capacity in Tons 21,200. Quite a Goliath and I hope you didn;t get wet as it-(she) sailed.

Voted for the courage and the lunacy.

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Danial
Danial e2 Member 5Danial vcard Iran, Islamic Republic of
6 Sep 2013 - 6:37 AM

Interesting shot Smile

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doerthe e2 Member 2doerthe vcard United States
6 Sep 2013 - 1:46 PM

INFORMATION ON THE JOSEPH H. THOMPSON:

http://www.boatnerd.com/pictures/fleet/thompson.htm

Hi, Peter and pablophotographer,

I should have added the location. The river south of the Blue Water Bridge, Port Huron, Michigan, is bent and the walkway where I take these photos allows me a one second window at which to catch this position. The current in that location is at 4.5 knots, so, yes the freighters run at 12 knots under the bridge. The 'Thompson' was still a few hundred feet north of the bridge, before she turned. 1000 foot freighters have to turn on a different angle, because the river bend is short.

This location is one of our weekly stops, so the freighters on the Great Lakes are all familiar to us. We only get exited when a 'Salty' comes up from somewhere else in the world.

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