MAILBAG: Freighter schedules

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:39 AM

n? It would be nice to know what day they are scheduled to arrive for viewing. I've been to the Soo Locks and they keep a board with arrivals."


We went to the man who would know all about this: Tribune Ships Log columnist Dick Fox.

"Yours is a question I have been asked many times," Fox responded. "Unfortunately, the answer is no. I am a volunteer correspondent with the Tribune. I track the boats after the fact and publish a report weekly, and at the end of each season.

"At the Soo, they need to advise the lock keepers when they will arrive. There is no such requirement for our port and that is why it is posted there.

"I rely on the kindness of the dock people and some friendly spotters. Many times, the boats they tell me about are late. Case in point: The Wilfred Sykes was due July 16 and it backed in about 11:30 a.m. July 17."

Fox advises Bruce to visit the boatnerd.com website. Click on "Vessel Passages" and then click on the map shown.

"You can get a pretty good idea of when we will see boats from it," Fox said.

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