the captain’s got his sources

After yesterday's post about my father telling me about the Empire Sandy (the tug that turned into a sailing ship) docked across the street, said father sent me pictures of her before and after. 

Maybe she deserves puffing out some sails and being pushed along after her hard working past, wouldn't you say?  We should all go out this way.

 Chris M.

When E. Sandy was Chris M.

 Empire Sandy 
  Chris M. transformed into Empire Sandy.


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    Tricia May 25, 2010

    I’ll be keeping this beautiful transformation in mind as I sail toward my 51st birthday.

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    Jennifer May 26, 2010

    Good. Sail on beautiful!

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    Little hat May 26, 2010

    Oh my gawd. How did they do that? I do some sailing on the Brisbane river near my home. I’m sailing 14ft dingys and keeping that little fella in a servicable condition is a challenge. I can’t imagine even having the imagination to begin the trasformation process the Empire sandy has undergone.
    Looks like you live in a beautiful place. Living by the water. What a dream that must be.

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    Jennifer May 26, 2010

    It does seem like quite a task, doesn’t it Steve? Actually, I think the conversion of ships is pretty common. (Another bit of knowledge generated over many dinner table conversations with a sailor and self-described boat nerd.) Nice to know one industry at least is still reusing and recycling!
    It’s a great spot – living near the water seems right. (Actually that was the topic of my magpie tale that didn’t get out there this week!)

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    Selma June 1, 2010

    Truly amazing. I could never have pictured such a transformation. WOW.

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    Jennifer June 2, 2010

    Inspiring, no? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Mike June 9, 2010

    Is your Dad aware of the Tall Ship event we have in Bay City:
    And Alice Cooper will be here:
    But I’m sure he would like this better:
    The Tall Ships Challenge starts in Toronto:

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    Jennifer June 9, 2010

    Tall ship events sound great (especially the Alice Cooper one!). Not sure if my dad knows about them, but he does know lots, boat nerd that he is. Getting him off the island in the summertime is no easy feat. Scott did it this summer, but he had to have a wedding to do it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Terry August 27, 2012

    I remember the Chris M as a tug for Great Lakes Paper. My Father was on oiler on it. I think back then it was the largest tug on the Great Lakes!

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    Jennifer August 27, 2012

    Thanks for writing Terry – it’s nice to hear from someone who was connected to the Chris M! My father was a tug captain (now retired). So was his father, and his brother was an engineer on tugs too. Among others, Dad was captain of the Atomic, and the Amherstburg, both in the Detroit River, and Lake Erie. Both Dad and Uncle Rod are active on – do you know it?

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