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 Post subject: Re: Update from Denny
Unread postPosted: May 9, 2021, 10:38 pm 
Hello Boatnerds,

A quick update for you from your good friend Howard. We have made 34 trips to the river so far in 2021 as we learn our new radio controlled heliocopter with a camera that Mother bought us. Next week Mother is flying up from Florida for the first time since the virus pandemic began. We are looking forward to seeing Mother and sitting by the river together with our cigars again.


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Unread postPosted: November 2, 2020, 7:36 pm 
To Darryl, indeed the Seaway Queen was indeed a very nice looking ship with fines lines in her. It’s just a shame that she and many others like her are no longer here with us. There’s a picture of her that’s one of my favorites and it’s the cover of the 1999 KYS book. That is an amazing photo of her. She was built if I remember in 1959 at Port Weller the same year the Seaway officially was opened and dedicated by then both Queen Elizabeth and Dwight Eisenhower. For a time, I think she was also the flagship too for Upper Lakes Shipping. I think she may have also had a near sister to her the Frank A. Sherman to which I never got to see?


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Unread postPosted: November 2, 2020, 4:53 pm 
Thanks both Howard and Guest and glad that you and everyone else that read that story enjoys reading it as much as I too enjoy telling it to everyone. As far as resuming my stories someday, I'll have to think about it as perhaps maybe during the Winter to help everyone get through the Winter Blues. At least then it will help to pass the time and maybe speed up the Winter Lay-Up time as well.


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Unread postPosted: November 1, 2020, 8:51 pm 
Hello Howard and Guest and glad to see and hear that both of you enjoyed and liked my story. I enjoy telling that story to people each and every year when that time comes up and will continue to make it a regular feature here on boatnerd as far as my stories go every year that it rolls around and comes here. To add to that story as well, I think that I had a "Double Whammy" if you will that year as besides my ride on the Seaway Queen, I think I also got to see the Tarantau that same year and time being towed for scrap up in the Welland Canal. For two years both in 1998 and 1999 I made the trip to the Welland with my Dad and incredibly both years the ship traffic was heavy due to the Fall Grain Rush of course. Even more the weather was sensational as we had a very late Indian Summer type of weather pattern and setup then which made those trips even more special besides being there with my Dad and a few close friends as well. I will maybe try to look into some updates and stories this coming Winter when I have more time to do so. Please be patient. Once the season is over with at that point in January, I'll look then into sending in some updates.


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Unread postPosted: November 1, 2020, 6:11 pm 
Great story. The Seaway Queen was quite a nice ship. I think she had a big 9000 shp turbine.


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Unread postPosted: November 1, 2020, 1:26 pm 
If I do decide to resume everyone, it won’t be until Winter though at the best when the Soo Locks, Welland and Seaway shuts down for the year as that’s the only chance I’ll have at that point. No way I can do any of that stuff now while the ships are mostly out running at full force right now. Just too busy trying to track and keep up with them and through the Marine Traffic website. I’m up late at night and sometimes early in the mornings spending more than 3 hours plus on it. While I love and enjoy the hobby and photographing the ships, I hate Marine Traffic for the only reason they just don’t keep the information more than 24 hours now days. Sorry to ramble on. Glad to see and hear everyone enjoys that story as much as I enjoy telling it. It will be repeated every year!


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Unread postPosted: November 1, 2020, 9:05 am 
I love that story more every time I read it, Denny. I do hope you'll resume your updates for us someday.


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Unread postPosted: November 1, 2020, 7:25 am 
Awesome story Denny Thanks for sharing


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Unread postPosted: October 30, 2020, 6:56 pm 
Ok everyone don't get overly excited seeing and reading this post but I have a long story to share with all of you. For it was on this day back in 1999 that I got the thrill and experience of a lifetime. While I was watching the Seaway Queen at Lock 1 I noticed them tying up. So, I went over to ask them what they were doing? They said there's another ship in Lock 1 we have to wait for which was the Algowood. Not long afterward, one of the Seaway Queen's crewman asked "Would you like to come aboard the ship?" I was in shock and frozen after hearing those words! The man repeated the question and I said "Let me go over and check with my Dad first." So, after checking and telling my Dad that they would let me go aboard ship his response was "What are you waiting for then and to get going already!" Before I knew it, I was climbing up the ladder and soon aboard the handsome and proud Seaway Queen. They had tied up just below Lock 1 waiting for the upbound Algowood to clear and get out of Lock 1 at the time. Once on board the Seaway Queen, I was taken up to the pilothouse to meet the captain himself. His first name was Jake and he mentioned at the time, that he was the youngest or one of the youngest captains in the Great Lakes then. So, Captain Jake told me that the plan was they would let me stay aboard and then we'd sail her into Lock 1 and then let me off once we got tied-up and secured. So, that's exactly what we did. Before I knew it, my adventure was quickly over with and soon I was getting off the Seaway Queen. As they departed Lock 1 they also gave me a thundering salute to which I greatly thanked them for and the opportunity of a lifetime to get aboard a classic working Great Lakes freighter. It is something I'll always remember and cherish and the best part was having my Dad there in person to see and also to witness it! He was so happy and proud for me and I'm so blessed and glad and happy he was there with me to see it. Fitting my last ship for the 1999 shipping season on the St. Clair River was Seaway Queen!


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Unread postPosted: April 15, 2020, 8:03 am 
Denny,

The Mrs. and I met you and your father at the Soo in the early 2000s and I've followed your exploits since then. I hope that you'll reconsider this decision.


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Unread postPosted: April 14, 2020, 7:01 pm 

Joined: December 6, 2014, 6:03 pm
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Location: Port Huron
Denny, take a step back for a while and relax. We will miss your posts and i'm sure you will be back I don't think you can stay away from it to long lol. Stay safe and just take life one day at a time things will get better i'm sure of it.


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Unread postPosted: April 14, 2020, 4:02 pm 

Joined: January 27, 2018, 8:47 pm
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Denny, more than anything I would love to be at the river where I first fell in love with the freighters. Instead, I'm stuck in the desert wishing and hoping I can be there.
In the meantime I have your update here to bring back those joyous memories.
Now, I'm stuck in my room hiding from the plague with hardly an immune system left passing time reading everything here.
Please don't stop! You lift up my morale with every post.
Take care my friend and know you are appreciated here.
Marc


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Unread postPosted: April 14, 2020, 8:25 am 
Denny, you keep us up-to-date with your Port Reports and that takes a lot of time to do. So, thanks and stay healthy. Dawn


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Unread postPosted: April 14, 2020, 8:09 am 
I hope you re-think your decision. You've been a friend for years. You always have the answer to any question I might have. You've got a real passion for what you do and that would be greatly missed by me and other "boatnerds." Please reconsider.


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Unread postPosted: April 13, 2020, 10:31 pm 

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What's wrong Denny?


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