Obsession With The Rust
Do you have an obsession with something? For me, I have an obsession with rust – something old, something rusty, something with history and a story. I find myself drawn to items that you can look at or picked up and imagine a person using. What was life like back at the time this item was used? What challenges did the people face?
I focus on how time changes items and the steps the world has maybe made for the better, or for the worse. Depending on how one looks at the item.
Any clue what this is?
CLUE: Farming has always been a large part of Wisconsin’s history.
ANSWER: Manure spreader.
Traveling the country roads from one state park to another on a recent trip to Tennessee, we came upon a bus graveyard.
I could see many of the buses from the roadway and the grounds have clearly marked no trespassing. There was one place that really caught my attention, the see America bus.
We pulled over and I shot this from the road. The perfect message right here. You can see small pieces of America, one road trip at a time. For myself, life is all about adventure and I am just along for the ride.
Jacquelyn Nicole Tugboat Sturgeon Bay
The Jacquelyn Nicole Tugboat docked along the bay in Sturgeon Bay. The historic Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin steel bridge and Bay Ship makes up the background of the photo.
Tugboats line the shores between the two bridges in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. You never know what tugs or large ships will be passing through. The Jacquelyn Nicole is about to embark on another venture on Lake Michigan.
Fred A Busse Chicago Fire Boat
The retired Fred A Busse Chicago Fire Boat found a home in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin as a tour boat. Visitors can board the Fire Boat at the city dock and get a water view of Sturgeon Bay sites. Visitors can see the ships along Bay Ship Building and cruise through the canal and view the Sherwood Point Lighthouse, Sturgeon Bay Lighthouse and Coast Guard Station.
This unmistakably passed photography print turned out exactly as I had hoped for.
I’m pretty sure there was a loud squeal of excitement as I pulled over to photograph this beautiful old truck.
The SS Calumet freighter is in the bulk freighter class. Bulk freighters carry unpackaged bulk cargo like grain, coal, cement, and ore.
The Calumet has an interesting past. It was sold three times and named four, since 1973.
The SS Calumet Freighter History
The SS Calumet was built in 1973 by the American Ship Building Company in Lorain, Ohio as the William R. Roesch for the Union Commerce Bank, Ohio, and managed by Kinsman Marine Transit.
In 1994, she was transferred to Oglebay-Norton. She was renamed David Z. Norton, after company founder David Zadock Norton on March 31, 1995.
In 2006, Oglebay-Norton sold its fleet of River class ships to Grand River Navigation. The Norton was renamed David Z..
The ship was sold to Rand Logistics in 2008, being renamed Calumet, after the original Calumet, built in 1929 for US Steel, which was scrapped in 2007.
I captured her at sunset on a warm summer night. Just as she was pulling into the Port of Green Bay, Wisconsin to offload.
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What are these hidden treasures you may be asking? Old homesteads, barns, vehicles and antique gems. Places that hold stories within the walls and the equipment that reminds me of how much has changed over the past 100 years.
This tractor was one of two on an old cherry orchard property in Northern Door County was an excellent place to search for such treasures.
Additional Pictures From the Day:
Honey House / Inside Honey House
Planter Out of an Old Truck
In life, I enjoy finding new purpose for old items. Apparently, the owner of this planter out of an old truck feels the same way.
SS Arthur M Anderson
Pictured is the SS Arthur M Anderson, it is a Great Lakes cargo ship that has much of its service work done in my home town of Sturgeon Bay, WI. If you are a history buff you might remember this cargo ships name.
John Purves Tugboat at Night
John Purves tugboat at night is docked along the water, It is a 149-foot, large red tugboat, that was built in 1919.
The Mercury Eight was the first model of the Ford Motor Company’s Mercury Marque and was produced from the 1939 through the 1951 model years.