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P. Gordon Kennedy
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PostSubject: James R Barker (ship)   James R Barker (ship) EmptyFri Sep 11, 2009 9:39 pm

My artistic rendering of the more than 1000 foot long Great Lakes bulk freighter James R Barker, the flageship of The Interlake Steamship Company.

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Dick Stodghill
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PostSubject: Re: James R Barker (ship)   James R Barker (ship) EmptySat Sep 12, 2009 7:00 am

Is it an ore boat?
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PostSubject: Re: James R Barker (ship)   James R Barker (ship) EmptySat Sep 12, 2009 7:38 am

It sure doesn't look like an oar boat.James R Barker (ship) Icon_biggrin
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PostSubject: Re: James R Barker (ship)   James R Barker (ship) EmptySat Sep 12, 2009 8:31 am

Its a Great Lakes bulk freighter, also known as an ore boat. Here's an actual photo of it.
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PostSubject: Re: James R Barker (ship)   James R Barker (ship) EmptySat Sep 12, 2009 11:02 am

Is the orange strip around the funnels a heavy metal band? James R Barker (ship) 607436

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Dick Stodghill
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PostSubject: Re: James R Barker (ship)   James R Barker (ship) EmptySat Sep 12, 2009 11:07 am

Very funny.
I just hope it doesn't end up (or down) with the Edmund Fitzgerald or so many, many others.
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PostSubject: Re: James R Barker (ship)   James R Barker (ship) EmptySat Sep 12, 2009 11:18 am

Looking at James R. Barker reminds me of the time, over 40 years ago, that my new husband and I were enlisted to take my grandfather to the launching of the John F. Kennedy, a ferry boat to be used in NY harbor, which was built at the shipyard his father founded, which he had run for many years, and which still held his name. It looked, that day, like a smaller version of the bulker in your pictures. My grandfather had cataract surgery a few years earlier, but the thick, rounded glasses did not do much to improve his eyesight. The new sideways launching system and the fact that the topsides had not yet been built drew this comment from my ninety-five year old grandfather: "Looks to me like the g**amn thing's gonna split in two before it hits the water."
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PostSubject: Re: James R Barker (ship)   James R Barker (ship) EmptySat Sep 12, 2009 1:10 pm

Shelagh wrote:
Is the orange strip around the funnels a heavy metal band? James R Barker (ship) 607436

I think the strip is probably just painted on, but the funnels are certainly made of metal and are certainly very heavy.
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PostSubject: Re: James R Barker (ship)   James R Barker (ship) EmptySat Sep 12, 2009 3:00 pm

Ann, that has happened to a great many ore boats on the Great Lakes. It can be a hazardous way to earn a living.
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