ABOARD THE S.S. HENRY STEINBRENNER, May 1989--Video documenting trip from Superior, Wisconsin, to Buffalo, New York. Here, at the Robin Hood grain elevator in Cleveland,Ohio. This elevator is no longer in service; and the scrapping of the Henry Steinbrenner was completed in 1994.
Eventually I'll be able to begin to show you what are now archived as 35mm negatives by the thousands which I shot of the Great Lakes shipping industry between 1986 and 2002 when I obtained my first digital camera. At this writing (February 2011) I've obtained a 35mm negative/slide scanner which will enable starting the very long process of scanning and 'fixing' those 35mm images. EVERYTHING I shot during those years is now historic, as the shipping industry and its vessels have changed over the years; some of the freighters have been scrapped. During that era, I shot over 2,500 rolls of film, of which two-thirds to three-quarters were of the freighters--from docks, piers and on board; here in the Duluth-Superior harbor, to MANY rides aboard freighters enabling me to witness and photograph ports and industrial plants on Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie!
During those trips I also shot over 30 two-hour VHS video tapes DETAILING the freighters, activities aboard and loading/unloading processes at docks! These raw tapes have been assessed by two professional videographers as being of exceptional quality even without editing; as I editied as I shot--knowing how to shoot well in the first place and whenever possible, using a tripod for the heavy video camera of the 1980's to 90's era. Unfortunately, I've still not been able to produce marketable modern DVD's from those VHS tapes because I don't have knowledge or equipment to do so; nor funding to pay for professional DVD production services.
I can hardly wait to be able to provide my 35mm/digital archives to my SmugMug site! But this is going to take a long time to accomplish. I can only do so in small increments at a time. If you have questions as to if I have photos of a freighter in your, or your family's history . . .