Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Lake Freighters

Algoeast
The Algoeast
July 3, 2010

Lake freighters are a common sight on the Great Lakes waterways.  Pictured is the Algoeast heading out onto Lake St. Clair.  The Algoeast is owned by the Algoma Central Corporation in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.  The vessel was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industrys Ltd in Shimonoseki, Japan in 1877.  It served as the Texaco Brave from 1977 to 1986, Le Brave from 1986 to 1997 and the Imperial St. Lawrence in 1997.  The tanker now serves as the Algoeast.  It's current location can be tracked through the Marine Traffic website.  The website appears to be a bit behind as they are reporting she was on her way to Nanticoke on May 27, 2010 with and ETA of May 28, 2010.  I took this picture of her on July 3, 2010 at the mouth of the St. Clair River entering into Lake St. Clair.  Her station information indicated a destination of Nanticoke with and ETA of July 4, 2010 at 13:00.



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