We stayed in Toledo longer than originally planned because we were again invited onboard the tugboat Josephine for the annual classic tug boat race in the Detroit River. We did our first race aboard this tug in 2012. It turned out this is a Dutch Navy vessel that over the years finally found its way to Toledo as a private yacht. When the crew found out that Anneke was Dutch, they asked her to translate some of the original documents onboard, since they had no idea what was in them. When we left the vessel, they let us know that we were always welcome back. So when our friend Gary said he was going this year, we jumped at the chance to go along.
The Josephine is docked in Toledo, so the race is an all day operation. We boarded by 7am and started the day with a great breakfast on deck. The crew were great hosts and food and liquid refreshments flowed all day long.
We lucked out with a beautiful day after several days of heavy rain. The trip north was relaxing with lots of traffic to observe while talking with the crew and fellow passengers.
As we neared the start point, we toured a couple of the side dock areas of Detroit. In one of them was the old Boblo Island ferries that transported people to the Boblo Island amusement park. This has long since closed. However, some years back I was asked to help someone who had purchased one of the ferries with the intent of restoring and using it as an attraction. I spent some time working with them, but let them know I thought it was a lost cause. Sadly, I was proved correct and it is now sitting there with its sister vessel waiting for some final indignity to put it out of its misery.
All of the boats gathered at the start and the race was on.
It was a hard run race and the good guys won-that would be us.
After the race, we docked in Windsor for a short walk. Then we leisurely motored along the Detroit skyline and started our journey back to Toledo.
Passing the Toledo lighthouse signaled the end of a great day on the water.