INFORMATION ON THE JOSEPH H. THOMPSON:
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.
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