Port Huron and the Great Lakes Maritime Center, a great place for boat watching!

A great place for ship watching!

Many people enjoy the pastime of watching freighters sailing in various parts of the Great Lakes and the St Lawrence Seaway. All have a favorite spot to watch and photograph from, but most have a spot that they dream of visiting someday. For many, that spot is Port Huron with its Great Lakes Maritime Center, home to the international headquarters of boatnerd.com.

The Blue Water Bridge with the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse’s green flash in the distance.

Salties and Lakers, Tankers and ‘Footers’ pass by the watchers at the Maritime Center on a regular basis. Following is a random gathering of ships that have sailed past Port Huron in the last year. Most were photographed from the Maritime Center, but some were captured at the Blue Water Bridge or the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse.


It’s Been a Quiet Day on Port Huron’s St Clair River

This is why Port Huron is the center of the Blue water Area

Thanks to the Powerboat Races at Riverfest 2011 in St Clair, Port Huron has enjoyed a quiet weekend on the St Clair River.  Minimal freighter traffic has made for a beautiful day to be out on the river fishing, cruising, or just viewing the peacefulness of the blue water and sunshine.  And the folks have been taking advantage of it.  Tomorrow will be back to business for the freighters, until next week when the Port Huron/Sarnia International Powerboat Race will be churning up the waters and echoing the sounds of raw horsepower off the seawalls along the St Clair River at Desmond Landing and Vantage Point.  

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The Little Tug That Did.

I was down at the Maritime Center

Big job for a little tug


Turning the big guy around

today and got to capture on digital a freighter being rerouted by a little tug boat.  It was an awesome site to see and a great motivator for all the ‘little guys’ who think they can’t do it.

Almost there




Whatever it may be,

it is possible, just look

Just a little more...

at these photos and you

will believe it, too.

A job well done!

Its your town, what do you want to hear about?

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I love Port Huron.

I have not lived here long, but I have grown very fond of this area and Most of the people here.  I enjoy blogging about the awesome people, places, and happenings around town.  But, because I have not lived here long I may not know some of the Off-the-beaten-path great spots that are uniquely Port Huron.

If there is something that you would like to see here, whether it is a place you love, your business, or just something you would like to see shared here, please leave a comment or send me an email (you can find the address on my about me page) feel free to.

87th annual Port Huron to Mackinac Race

On the way to the starting line

And they’re off!  The 87th annual Port Huron to Mackinac Race got underway without any problems today and the crowds were impressed, awed, and a little envious of the boats and their crews as they passed through the mouth of the Black River in the Saint Clair River as they headed to the starting line at the base of Lake Huron.  It truly was a beautiful display as the various styles, colors, and sizes of sailing ships passed in parade fashion the crowds of spectators gathered along the banks of both rivers.

A supporter of the sailing vessel 'Limerick'

There are some thank you’s in order for the way the weekend turned out.  First, thank you to the people of Port Huron, some said the festival was “toned down” from previous years, but most people were thankful that this prestigious event and the festivities which surround it were treated with more respect than has been seen in previous years, way to go Port Huron!

Final preparations

Thanks to the crews of these spectacular sailboats, as the crowds who walked past to view these awesome vessels were treated to answers to their questions, photo opportunities, friendly conversations, and a mutual respect that was a true reward for the residents and visitors alike, thank you crew members!  Thank you to the Kiwanis Club for a great breakfast and a chance to spend the morning so close to these magnificent vessels.  The pancakes were awesome!!  Thanks to city of Port Huron for all the effort put forth to make this event a stunning success! A special thanks to the Bayview Yacht Club, without which there would never been a race to begin with.

Leaving the Black River

Here’s to many more years of fun, entertainment and excitement at the Blue Water Fest and the Port Huron to Mackinac Race.

Come Explore Port Huron, MI

In the heart of the Blue Water Area is the picturesque maritime capital of the Great Lakes, known as Port Huron, Michigan.  Home of the international border crossing, the majestic Blue Water Bridge, Port Huron offers visitors and residents alike an array of exciting adventures, breathtaking scenery, and historic as well as modern maritime memories and memorabilia. The various board walks allow for splendid views of the St. Clair River, including great viewing sites for ship watching and picture-taking.  With a full calendar of events, from concerts and festivals to maritime museums and boat races, there is something going on in Port Huron that is sure to please everyone.

Under the Blue Water Bridge by Brandon Pickelhaupt