Wow! Even in Traverse City. And that is no slam on Traverse City. We've been several times and like the area a lot, but B-I-G cruise boats?This French cruise ship stopped here last week during it's journey from Toronto to Milwaukee. Today it stopped here again, I assume on it's way back to Toronto.
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...and here the first launch filled with cash, I mean tourists, comes ashore to sample the local wares.
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d'Urville's 184 passengers make it tiny compared to those 5000-passenger behemoths operated by Carnival and Royal Caribbean.The Great Lakes are deeper than they look and Grand Traverse Bay is a deepwater port, hosting aircraft carriers and other Navy ships in ww2 for training. Average depths of the West Arm of the bay are 300-400 feet. Lake Michigan plunges to around 1000 feet in spots. Traverse City is also currently home to a US Coast Guard Air Station which stays pretty active, and Great Lakes Enviromental Research Vessels.
Or lavatory paper for the almost inevitable ship wide gastroenteritis ...d'Urville's 184 passengers make it tiny compared to those 5000-passenger behemoths operated by Carnival and Royal Caribbean.
I'm only speculating (actually, starting a malicious rumor), but perhaps it was an emergency stop to pick up some extra vino from the local wineries.
I watched about 40 people disembark one Launch that ferried them in to the Coast Guard dock from the ship. That launch is pictured above being lowered down the side of the ship, and in transit to the dock. If the number of passengers aboard is in the 200 range then it would only take 5 trips to transfer them all to shore. I know the ship had at least two Launches because I watched as they passed each other on the way to and from shore, so each launch would make 2 and a half trips. There were tour busses waiting onshore for the passengers, so there was a structured itinerary in place for those that chose to partake. The passengers I watched come in on the first Launch were ancient and probably not 'zodiacable'. Perhaps the later ferry's passengers were younger and still shaking off hangovers and cobwebs from the night before. Maybe they'd be up for a zodiac trip. I know they have them aboard because they advertise zodiac excursions in certain venues.You are both right, although I was thinking not so much about the depth of Lake Michigan (or all the Great Lakes for that matter), but rather about the commercial reason for it to be there. (It should be said that I would have been very, very hungry as a marketer, e.g., "Who needs portable phones when people can reach me at home or the office?") My experiences of Michigan and the Traverse City area include loons calling across tiny inland lakes, quiet forests, lapping water from big lakes, the best sunsets I've ever seen, huge Great Lakes freighters off in the distance, wonderful wildflowers, a pleasant small-city downtown, and cross-country skiing in the winter. You could sell that to people jaded by big cities and even someone who just wants something different, but how you would get a shipload of people in zodiacs to a quiet north woods lake escapes me. Then again, you sell the fantasy and deliver reality - which in the case of cruise ship reality is something I've never wanted to experience.
I do not know. This looks like it is being restored. Salt is corrosive as hell and these hulls see a lot of use in fishing.That's nicely composed.
Interesting just how much rust on that. Is that normal. To wait until it's in such state? Or is that it looks terrible but not really?
This is intriguing. There is a small plow anchor clearly visible in it's cradle on the bow, just below the pennant on the bow pulpit. There is also what appears to be a windlass, or electric winch, just behind it on deck to control that anchor. However, it almost appears that there may be a small danforth type anchor just above the water, below the painted blue bottom paint. Is that thing flopping around chipping holes in the fiberglass to convert their express cruiser into an underwater reef at the next stopover? Whatever it is it sure doesn't belong where it is.