It was truly a hot that day in July when the CSL self unloader ATLANTIC ERIE (http://carlzboats.blogspot.ca/2012/07/csl-atlantic-erie.html?spref=bl) first motored by us low in the water across from Mariatown's Rideau Terminal (sans the pile of roads salt http://carlzboats.blogspot.ca/2012/10/self-unloader-peter-r-cresswell.html) while heading upbound towards Iroquois Lock.
There's a really neat observation area at the south end of lock with bleaches and large openings in tall steel fence to make it easier for boat-lubbers like me to snap away during the 50 minutes or so for a ship like the ATLANTIC ERIE to be lifted and exited out of the lock on cold windy days in May, or like today where it was 36C and a humidex reading of 40C. But last week in the cold I was not alone. Snapped to the left are a nice family from Invercargill, New Zealand, which is located on the southernmost end of the country's South Island. Though I wasn't happy with the frigid temps, I was told that cooler temperatures were not unusual for them as I have since found out the average daytime highs in Invercargill range from 14C in January (summer there) to 5.2C in July. Cool!! Or Not.
Regardless, later in the evening and while munching away on a mess of wings at Don Cherry's Sports Grill by the marina in Port Colborne, I caught another snap of the ATLANTIC ERIE in the distance beyond the outer breakwall making her way through a wide open Lake Erie to a destination unknown. Now is that a coincidence, or just EERIE??