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Winter Power on the Detroit by zulumike Winter Power on the Detroit by zulumike

Winter Power on the Detroit River

The “Detroit” of the Michigan Central Ferry has just finished crossing the frozen Detroit River and now moves into a slip to unload rail cars and two new Buffalo Pitts steam tractors. The “Detroit” was a car ferry that transferred rail cars across the Detroit River for several railroads during 1905.

The “Detroit” was build by Great Lakes Engineering Works. The steamer was equipped with four separate screws, a pair forward and a pair aft. She had rudders fore and aft, and loaded from the bow only. The screws could be used in both directions and loaded and unloaded upstream due to the strong current of the river. She had a capacity of 24 freight cars or 12 passenger cars. These steamers were built to break ice and were used year around and were an economical success for the railroads and ferry companies. The railroads eventually bought out most of the ferry companies. These car ferries pioneered the concepts in ship design and icebreaking techniques. Bow propellers and steel spoon-shaped, and tough steel bows made the rail ferries the best icebreakers on the lakes for many years until the dedicated U.S. Coast Guard icebreakers were assigned during World War II.

Ref: B/W photo from Library of Congress. Other info. from “The Great Lakes Car Ferries” by George W. Hilton.
www.loc.gov/pictures/item/det1…
The Library of Congress is a great source of free historical photos.

This work has been a love of art, railroad and ship history. “Can you feel the cold, hear the powerful steam engines and smell the smoke ?” Enjoy.

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Kerl-of-Fox-County Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing image and yes, you can feel the cold, hear the powerful steam engines and smell the smoke!
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RattlerJones Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Student Filmographer
Must have been a struggle through the ice
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zulumike Featured By Owner Edited Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the kind words. I love industrial art and always admired the artists of the Industrial Age. It tells a story of great engineering and America's innovations through the 20th century. Dynamic art effects all the senses, it's all good.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
This incredible image takes us back to a staggering triumph of steam-age engineering over mass and hostile elements, with all the story told in beautiful, stunningly clear clarity, exquisite detail, and with drama and emotion.  I don't know if I've ever seen it better done.  To get so much out of what many would have passed over as just a boring piece of industrial history--you should be so tremendously proud of what you've done here.  The text, like the art, is also perfect.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
More information about the "Detroit" car ferry steamer:

The ferry ran between Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario.
The distance across the river is a half a mile and the time to cross was 10 to 12 minutes including landing.
The "Detroit" was 308 feet long with a 64 ft beam. She had four compound steam engines, four Scotch a Boilers with a working pressure of 100 to 165 psi. The coal bunkers carried 300T of coal.
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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
A steam car ferry I see, love these big ladies. Notice the traction engines up top.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Edited Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the load of the two brand new steam engines added a lot to this compositions. One could imagine were they are headed. Maybe a proud farmer in the wheat fields of the Midwest. 
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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
A rich one too!
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paws4thot Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
Great painting, and very cool exposition to go with it.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What ever it took, the goods were delivered year round. 
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RealAlike Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks so realistic, as if it was a photo! Nice depiction of a "working hard" day!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was surprised that the "Detroit" had a compliment of (55) men. Probably God pay back then. 
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Transportphotos Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome. The foreground looks like there are some rocks on the surface. 
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It had to be a cold and windy day, because as the ferry breaks the ice, it appears the ice and water is refrozen very quickly the from enigine wakes. This is were the captain earns his money, with his co- Captain they are controlling four screws and four rudders against a swift river cahannel.
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zulumike Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here is my reference and source of the Detroit steamer:

www.loc.gov/pictures/item/det1…

Free domain downloads. Good historical photos for all types of subject.
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BorisFedorov Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that's some fine colorization. Heck, all the freight cars do have the exterior looks that the year is 1905 with some steam powered tractors being connected on one of the flat beds.
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zulumike Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Appreciate the kind words. The Internet was used mostly for the research for colors.
It is amazing the wealth of information it has to offer. I enjoyed your DeviantArt site.
a great site of transportation art. Thank You.
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BorisFedorov Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem dude. I'll wouldn't mind checking out more of your art once in a while.
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible! I didn't know that before. :wow:
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kuzy62 Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so well done!!!
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Hyginustus Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Student
nice
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zulumike Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
great looking work!
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zulumike Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, appreciate it.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
very welcome
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