Monday, November 25, 2013

Bulk Freighter, Oshawa Harbour

 Bulk freighter Three Rivers

On a windy but sunny Saturday in mid November, my husband and I were out looking for water birds. In the harbour at Oshawa we found no birds but did find this huge bulk carrier, sometimes known as a bulk freighter or bulker.

 Close up of back end

A bulker is a merchant ship that carries unpackaged cargo such as ore, coal cement, grains, or...

 Mountain of salt

salt.  Yep, this is the stuff used to melt ice on our winter roads. I'm sure I have never before seen such a mountain of salt.

Loading salt into trucks

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41 comments:

Judy said...

Wow! I am amazed at the sheer size of both the freighter and the mountain of salt!!!

Revrunner said...

I betcha there's a lot of that being spread around the U.S. today. :-)

Andy said...

With the lack of birds you still managed to get to get some excellent photos. There's plans to build a ethanal plant somewhere on the harbour. That's got a lot of people ticked off.

Margaret Adamson said...

HI EG That is a massive boat and salt pile! Great shots.

Our photos said...

Nice photos!

Kate said...

Your photos remind me of the harbor in Duluth, MN that we often visit. It's cold in the winter, but delightful in the summer and tourist flock to watch the boats navigate the area. Fun to watch all the foreign carriers.

Gail Dixon said...

I have never, ever seen a mountain of salt. Too cool!!!

Sandra said...

this is to cool for words. we have no need for salt here, so this is something i would never see. we do have the freighters, but ours are rusty, really rusty. this one looks new, the ship i mean...

N Buckles said...

The dump trucks looks like toys next to the massive salt stack.

TexWisGirl said...

very cool! thanks for sharing that behemoth!

Karen said...

Great shots! I like to sit at the harbour and watch the ships.

Judy said...

That is something very interesting. I hadn't known how the salt was brought in to the cities other than by truck.

Linda W. said...

Wow - that's a huge salt pile!

edenhills said...

It might not be a bird, but you got some great photos!

RedPat said...

Wow - I guess that's another sign that winter is on its way!

llandudnopictures said...

That's a very impressive mound of salt!

LONDONLULU said...

Seeing those vehicles dwarfed by that mound really speaks to the scale!

Ruth Kelly said...

Wow, that is some salt mountain. The vehicles look like kids toys next to it.

cieldequimper said...

Impressive vessel. And I'm always amazed at how white salt is! :-)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Those ships are massive.I find them interesting since we obviously don't see that on the prairies.

Photo Cache said...

wow where did that salt come from and how did they transport it?

Sylvia K said...

WOW! What great shots, EG! That is a LOT of salt!! Amazing!! I thought I had seen a lot of different ships when I lived in Seattle, but never one like this!! Great post!! Hope you have a wonderful week! Enjoy!

Cynthia said...

That freighter is huge! Interesting cargo also.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

These came into Portsmouth harbor when I lived in NH...and we used that salt for our roads also.

Gary Phillips said...

Big aren't they?? Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River.

eileeninmd said...

Those ships are huge! The salt is important for the winter roads. Have a great evening and week ahead!

Bill Nicholls said...

Amazing size and the amount it can carry

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Isn't that interesting! Can you imagine working and living on that ship! And wow that is a lot of salt. We saw a mountain of sugar once down near the Salton Sea in California (and people were going to eat that!).

acreativeharbor.com said...

Wow ~ Quite the large freighter ~ excellent photography ~ thanks, carol, xxx

Jill said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

William Kendall said...

Quite a pile of salt!

Excellent shots!

Carver said...

Great shots of the bulk freighter and the mountain of salt is incredible.

Randy said...

I can't believe how big they are.

Indrani said...

That is gigantic! Great captures.

Stephanie said...

Wow, what a huge boat! Love the boldness of colors in your photos today.

ladyfi said...

What a huge mountain of salt!

Kay L. Davies said...

Great stuff!
K

Halcyon said...

It's always interesting to watch the freighters. They play an important role in moving things around. Hope you won't need all that salt this winter though! :)

Cezar and Léia said...

A busy day at this port, the ship is wonderful!
Léia

Maggid said...

That ship looks HUGE - Super Enormous.
Still, Once it's out at sea, I bet it's dwarfed . . . Nope, i don't think that would be a life for me.

It's most excellent to learn about it, though.

THANKS!!!

Rose said...

Very interesting...I would love to live where I could watch ships like this.

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