Shipwatching

Galveston Shipwatching

featuring Amaury Figueredo's "My Way"

Galveston Island has always had a great connection to the sea. First settled with Europeans in 1817– by Jean Lafitte, a pirate– Galveston quickly became an important port city. The largest city in Texas, it was the busiest port west of New Orleans and a quickly growing cultural capital.

Unfortunately, wealth and activity were not the only things the sea brought to Galveston. In 1900, it was hit by “The Great Storm,” a hurricane that to this day is the most deadly natural disaster in American history. One third of the city was destroyed and shortly afterwards, its role as a major port was taken over by Houston.

Today, Galveston has rebounded and refreshed itself with new investment and is now a center for tourism and service industries. The sea remains important to the city’s culture; Galveston is home to the Texas Seaport Museum and is the number one cruise ship port on the Gulf Coast.

Amaury Figueredo, often known as “Amaury the Pianist,” is a Cuban-born, classically trained pianist with degree from the Humber Jazz Music Program. Often heard rearranging classics in his own style, Amaury is also a writer and producer. He currently performs throughout North America.

Links

Official Website of Galveston Island
Galveston Chamber of Commerce
Amaury the Pianist


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Stewart J. Cort

featuring Mark Love's "Angel of Mine"

Built in 1973, the Stewart J. Cort has the distinction of being the first 1000-foot freighter on the Great Lakes. It was named after the late vice president of Bethlehem Steel, the company it has served continuously while operating under the Interlake Steamship Company.

In this video, the Stewart J. Cort can be seen passing one of the two breakwater lights that mark the entrance to Duluth-Superior Harbor on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin at the edge of Lake Superior.

Mark Love is an independent Australian artist. His work ranges from intense electronic compositions to solo piano ambience.

Links

Interlake Steamship Company: Stewart J. Cort
Terry Pepper’s Seeing the Light: Wisconsin Point Lighthouse
Mark Love


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Quebecois on St. Marys River

feauring Ando Kal's "Ambrosia"

The Quebecois is one of the great steamship freighters of the Great Lakes. Built in 1963, this ship has carried countless loads to and from the United States and Canada. Shown in this video under the Upper Lakes Shipping fleet, the ship is now owned by the Algoma Central Corporation and was renamed Algoma Quebecois in early 2012.

The St. Marys River channel connects Lake Superior with Lake Huron and is the site of the Soo Locks in the twin cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Ontario. The locks carry ships past the natural rapids of the St. Marys and were constructed in 1837.

Ando Kal is an instrumental musician. “Ambrosia” is the first commercially available single by the artist.

Links

Wikipedia article: St. Marys River
Soo Locks – Sault Ste. Marie Convention & Visitors Bureau
Algoma Central Corporation Fleet Information


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