Sunday 5 October 2014

Chemical/Product Tanker JO SPIRIT

Hello again!! We had a wonderful time during our 40th Wedding Anniversary tour to our old stomping grounds of Leamington and Windsor, Ontario with sidetrack boat snapping stops in Toronto, Port Burwell, Port Stanley, Kingsville,  Amhearstburg, Oakville, Clarkson and Iroquois Lock. WHEW!! That's a lot of motoring in just five days and once again, I've returned home with lots of great boat snaps but because of the day job, I remain searching for time to show off my snaps and tell you more about my "Excellent Boat Adventures" like when my boatnerd buddy Ron Beaupre of Mariatown invited me down to his place along the Seaway last weekend to a hear a special salute from the ship's captain of the ALGOMA EQUINOX who really liked my September 21 post about his ship. Click on to this link if you missed it: To listen to my unique salute as the EQUINOX passed by Ron and Jeanine's beautiful waterfront home, click on this link: It's a BLAST, eh? What an honour and thank you Ron for making it happen.
Meanwhile, shortly after the downbound ALGOMA EQUINOX motored by, along came the upbound 352' chemical and product tanker JO SPIRIT with her load of booze. Say WHAT? c):-()

Yup, you read it right. According to Ron, at least once a year the JO SPIRIT ventures into the Great Lakes with her belly full of wine or other spirits, (pun intended, c);-b) and this time she was making her way to Hamilton, Ontario with 4,500 tons of Bicardi rum from the Caribbean. Oh YAAA!! c):-))
Built in 1998 and owned by Jo Tankers of Bergen, Norway, the JO SPIRIT has segregated stainless steel cargo tanks and since her hull is double-skinned, if the SPIRIT was to run aground, you couldn't have your "Rum on the Rocks"!! Sorry, about that. NOT c);-b
As the modern-day "rum-runner" JO SPIRIT approaches Iroquois Lock, in the background you can see the downbound 489' Polsteam bulk carrier NOGAT. The last time is saw the NOGAT, she was moored in Havana, Cuba. I got some really nice snaps of her leaving Iroquois so until I can post a re-visit, here's a link to my original Carlz Boat post about the NOGAT and our first visit to Cuba: Here's Mud In Your Eye!!

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