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Drama Closes Seaway Season in 2013

Drama Closes Seaway Season in 2013

Just as both side of the river prepared to enjoy the Christmas holiday, those aboard the ocean-going vessel Orsula were ...
by: Michael Folsom
Summer 2013  –  We are underway

Summer 2013 – We are underway

The 2013 season is officially up and running on all cylinders throughout the region. Ice has melted, birds have returned...
by: Michael Folsom
Red Hot Start Leads to Positive Seaway Season

Red Hot Start Leads to Positive Seaway Season

There was no ice to thaw as the Seaway season got underway back in March due to temperatures being higher than normal th...
by: Michael Folsom
Bottoms Up…

Bottoms Up…

Bottoms up for the St. Lawrence River… but not the kind you would tip your glass for.  The bottom of the St. Law...
by: Michael Folsom
I am proud to be known as "The Ship Watcher."

I am proud to be known as "The Ship Watcher."

Editor’s Note:  On May 30, Michael Folsom published this message on his website Ship Watcher Blog.  Michael is...
by: Michael Folsom
Disaster, Leaks and to the Dogs…

Disaster, Leaks and to the Dogs…

The first sign of the shipping season came early, one full day early to be exact. Mississagi made its way from Hamilton...
by: Michael Folsom
2011 Seaway Recap

2011 Seaway Recap

Where has the winter gone? Or better yet, where was it, to begin with? The 2011 shipping season managed to sail away un...
by: Michael Folsom
Does Size Matter?

Does Size Matter?

It’s a question that is so often taken out of context. Does size matter? More times than not the response is – No. Howe...
by: Michael Folsom
All Sorts of Boats

All Sorts of Boats

Have you been to Clayton lately? If not, you are probably missing out on some interesting sights along the water. For...
by: Michael Folsom
The Day Has Finally Come…

The Day Has Finally Come…

The Day Has Finally Come - June 14, 2011 – a day I will remember. I woke up just after 6 a.m. to begin my day. I was ho...
by: Michael Folsom
Seaway Happenings, 2011

Seaway Happenings, 2011

Channel markers were removed from the Thousand Islands Regional Dock in Clayton last month, indicating that the 2011 shi...
by: Michael Folsom
What’s Cookin’

What’s Cookin’

The ice is thawing and the birds are starting to migrate back to islands. However, birds aren’t the only ones making the...
by: Michael Folsom
2010 Seaway Season Recap

2010 Seaway Season Recap

The 2010 Seaway season rolled in like a lamb back at the end of March, but it wouldn’t take long for it to become nothin...
by: Michael Folsom
Not Easy Being On A Ship: Part II

Not Easy Being On A Ship: Part II

A ship passes across the frigid, icy waters of Lake Ontario on a late November morning. Sea fog rises off the ripples of...
by: Michael Folsom
Thousands of Island Images

Thousands of Island Images

Thousand (1000) Islands Images is exactly what Paul and Lil have been pursuing...
by: Michael Folsom
Don’t Spill The Beans: A River Grounding

Don’t Spill The Beans: A River Grounding

Another shipping incident, this time involving a tug and two barges in the tight quarters of the American Narrows near Alexandria Bay.
by: Michael Folsom
Not Easy Being On A Ship: Part I

Not Easy Being On A Ship: Part I

Paper work. Mounds and mounds of paper work pile high on a desk in an office over the summer months – a common sight for...
by: Michael Folsom
Avoiding A Slick

Avoiding A Slick

At roughly 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 4, Algobay had made its way past Singer Castle and began drifting out of the channe...
by: Michael Folsom
Spring’s Seaway News

Spring’s Seaway News

It is early in the shipping season, however there is a lot happening in the region related to the St. Lawrence Seaway. ...
by: Michael Folsom
Workin’ “Robby Bay”

Workin’ “Robby Bay”

Every spring begins as the birds migrate, the snow melts and the little white and green tug boat sitting in Massena, New...
by: Michael Folsom
Ships and Clicks

Ships and Clicks

The Thousand Islands region is filled with picturesque settings, making it a photographer’s heaven. This photographer ho...
by: Michael Folsom
2009 Seaway Season Recap

2009 Seaway Season Recap

...the season would go in the books as one of the worst since the early 1960s in terms of tonnage. The 25% decrease in cargo volume ...
by: Michael Folsom
From Summer Docks To The Captain’s Spot

From Summer Docks To The Captain’s Spot

Seasons of change can be felt in many ways. Summer heat and rain changes to cool fall days with blowing leaves and the b...
by: Michael Folsom
An Island Ghost Hunt

An Island Ghost Hunt

In 1984 there were three famous men best known for fighting evil spirits which had taken New York City by storm. They to...
by: Michael Folsom
What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

What’s one of the very first things you think of after purchasing a new boat? Perhaps you think to yourself, what will I...
by: Michael Folsom
Seaway’s Birthday Party

Seaway’s Birthday Party

There was no cake with candles, no singing around the table to the birthday child and no gifts wrapped in multi-colored ...
by: Michael Folsom
Shipping Muse: A River Hobby

Shipping Muse: A River Hobby

  I was once spotted by innocent onlookers who crowned me to be the "crazy guy in a little boat with a big flag," i...
by: Michael Folsom
Seaway's 50th Anniversary - a Celebration or Not?

Seaway's 50th Anniversary - a Celebration or Not?

The year was 1959. The Barbie doll debuted;
by: Michael Folsom
Training On Ice

Training On Ice

Ice on the mighty St. Lawrence is beginning to thaw, but as light snow fell on the morning of February 22, nearly thirty...
by: Michael Folsom
Time On Tug Was No Breeze

Time On Tug Was No Breeze

  Some sleep in queen-sized beds on luxury yachts, some sleep under the Thousand Islands sky in a sleeping bag, but...
by: Michael Folsom
2008 Seaway Season Recap

2008 Seaway Season Recap

Snow has covered summer cottage roofs, boats have been shrink wrapped and placed in marina parking lots and ice is formi...
by: Michael Folsom