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Boats Boats Boats! : UPDATE: -------------------------------- Since publication of this footage, shipping traffic has been slowed down and monitored by the US Coast Guard to ensure all vesels maintain compliance. This video was part of a series of videos studied and analyzed by the USCG to determine that the upriver vessels were traveling anywhere from 3 knots to 5 knots over the allowed 8 knot upriver limit (in this section) during the shipping season. Speed limits have now been enforced throughout the St Lawrence seaway, and the issues shown in this video have since subsided. http://northcountrynow.com/news/ship-speeds-seaway-cut-due-high-water-levels-0112566 SHIPPING TRAFFIC INFORMATION -------------------------------- Great Lakes Shipping traffic scaled up in the 1970s with the addition of the "seaway cut" at the entrance of lake St. Clair. This cut allowed larger vessels to navigate the great lakes, and the narrow connecting waterways (as seen in this video). Despite vessel size increases, commercial shipping vessels have coexisted happily with land owners. In fact, for nearly 100 years - shipping traffic and effects have been non-problematic in this region, due to vessels traveling at slow speeds through navigable waterways. However, recent technical advances in GPS and computer aided steering mean that large vessels raging from 500 - 1,020 feet in length can now navigate the waterways much faster than before. Combined with shipping companies placing increased time-pressure on vessels - this has lead to ships moving much faster than seaway engineers have planned for. Previously large taconite-ore carriers, such as the vessel shown, moved much slower due to human operation of steerage and navigation. While increased speed is good for profit, the negative effect is that faster speeds through narrow waterways cause an increased amount of "Tidal Bore" due to fluid dynamics and displacement https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tidal_bore Even small increases of speed of only a few Knots can greatly magnify the effects of tidal bore exponentially (an increasint log when graphed) due to water being a "non compressible medium". The displacement effect in this video is being caused by a 1000' long Freighter heading northbound on the St. Clair river, running at 4 knotts over the allowed speed of travel early in the shipping season. INFORMATION ABOUT THE VIDEO AND ISLAND: -------------------------------- Many the cottages on Harsens Island have existed since the early 1800's, and all have coexisted, without issue, with shipping traffic happily. The small brown cottage in this video actually dates back to 1850 (with obvious structural modifications made over 150 years). This property in particular has been family-owned and is historically considered one of the original island cottages, with deeded family records dating back before Michigan declared statehood. Information on Harsens Island: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harsens_Island NEGATIVE IMPACTS OF INCREASED SPEEDS DURING 2011 - 2014 -------------------------------- Until 2011 - This canal used to be a breeding ground for numerous fish species such as Bass, Walleye, and Sturgeon. Ship traffic in the main channel wasn't a problem in the past, as strict speed limits on freighters was maintained. Due to the washouts created during this shipping season, the breeding grounds were eliminated - and the St. Clair river sturgeon is now considered and "endangered species" https://www.fws.gov/Midwest/sturgeon/biology.htm

Brian Phillips : I don't mean to make light of your damage assessment, but from a land lover's perspective...that is so strange, and yet sooooo cool to watch! Thanks for posting the video!

Buz4rd : Holy shit thats some nice grass...

Mazwell96 : omfg the absolute carnage caused was horrifying

oldUmanUshea : "this canal back here will drain ALL the way down" Canal drains about a foot down.

Edward Barros : I think all shipping in the world should stop. Then his little canal can be saved.

Derrick Van : So who's to blame? The shipping lane? Or the idiots who build houses and canals next to them?

Matthew Foote : Those freighters have been running through there longggggggggg before you people decided to build your houses there. And yes, I know the area VERY well. This is exactly why a lot of the race tracks in S.E. Michigan have closed down too. People decide to build houses right near them.... then they squawk about the noise.

4cooey : Well your going to have to start shooting at the ships, I see no other option.

TexasGTO : I think there's a few spots for couple more bridges.

joynthis : You wanted to live on the water. Shiposaurus says "here ya go."

Gurn Blanstein : The devastation was incredible!

MegaTabetha : Would you move next to an airport then complain about the planes ?, can't imagine many boats being damaged by waves ?

C Tremble : Update: he bought a house 3 miles from the airport and now complains about jet engine noise

Michael T : Can't blame the train when you move next to a train track. What do you mean that "something bad will go on?" If you video taping this is a means to try to stop them from using a river, then you are wasting your time. Nobody is going to stop a shipping lane because one guy is unhappy with a little water.

Kingtate55 : Why is there not any racial comments here? Boat lives matter too

Tug Speedman : It's kind of funny reading through these comments, none of which seem to come from anybody in the industry. The video is from 2011 when the Great Lakes were experiencing near record low water levels. As such the ships are closer to the bottom and squat down more at the stern and pull a suction on the bottom which in turn sucks more water in from the sides. Since 2014 the water levels are back up and the ships run the same exact speed but don't pull any more water so the damage is almost non existent. The funniest part is now that the water levels are back up, wait for it, the homeowners are complaining that the water is too high. 150 years ago there was a heck of a lot more traffic on the St Clair river going up and down, but the ships were smaller and, more importantly, people that lived there understood that they lived on a commercial highway and everything that went along with that (including steam whistles at 0230).

jeremy western : Hogwash...that 1000 footer will NOT fit under that bridge

Batt Mann : Kinda like teachers complaining about their salaries. Didn't they know before hand????


Don Hall : plz read the entire post "ENTIRE" post before leaving an uneducated post

Burr Anderson : The sea was angry that day my friend.

Johnny Stirstick : Wahhhhhhhh wahhhhhhhh gotta love full grown babies always looking for something to cry about. Adjust your tampon buds.

Pat McBride : Surf's up! They need gates.

Stuart Coghill : Oof ouch owie my 1st world problems *wipes tears with $100 bills*

Donnuts rsn : hook up a big ol net and see what you catch next time

evan fagan : rich white people problems lol, don't know how you dealt with it this long you poor thing

James Carter : If this happens every time, and has been for years.... then the people living there are just stupid.

radio boys : ore boats have been going up and down the St. Clair River for over 100 years live with it or move

specialtymachining : Or it may purge the slough. Something good could happen?

MrBugsier5 : thats why you ask the Dutch how to build canals.......

James Monahan : That's pretty amazing. Thanks for sharing that.

Lane Nicholson : Look at all those perfect green fertilized and weed sprayed lawns. Where do you think that goes when you are watering the grass? Straight into the water. So no complaining about the environmental impact of others while you are no better yourself.

Craig Case : That's why you keep your boat on a lift if you live on Harsons Island. 🙂

TheAtlantaWalkers : Doesn't look like its badly damaged? 🤣

Ruben Delgadillo : The real story is whoever takes care of the grass does a hell of a job!

Breaking Toast : holy shit ive seen under water farts with more action than this video

Million Dollar : Fantastic your kids get free surfing waves at no extra charge get all the surfboard in the suit for the children and look at the bright side of it

Erik Perik : In German we say "thousand-footer" for centipede.

Nicole K : This kind of bore will also wash out the supports for the bridges, which, I suggest, is more serious concern.

Jodian Gaming : Welcome to life living on a shipping channel. Our inlet completely drains down to the mud before refilling. Actually a good thing in my case, it keeps the reeds from encroaching on the inlet and removes any sediment so I don't have to keep dredging it out. No speed limits have ever been set here.

Oscar Muffin : That damage was truly incredible. I can't believe they would allow this to happen. Destroying all of that stuff in one go.

jonnywaselectric : harden up, get rid of the sissy bridges and put in a jump

J josephm : On the good side, it mixes up and removes toxins from the canal. Crushed stone or larger rip-rap keeps your bank and bridge piles intact. (USCG Icebreaker veteran and seagoing tug cap.)

RJ 1999 : Got to love people! I want to live on a river canal, so that's my right! So now the world should change because I want to live on a canal! I hate the noise birds make, please pass a law that they can't chirp, before something bad happens

Jason Voorhees : same guy that makes a face when the kids show up at the pool

aguyandhiscomputer : My mom and dad witnessed this first hand with their pontoon boat this summer. They found a nice sandy beach on the St Clair River and wondered why there weren't many people. Then the big freighter came through. Scared them.

d texas : I'm sure the folks in Japan feel your pain.

Andrew Nichols : That happens naturally on the River Severn in the UK - it's called the "Severn Bore".

Harley Trader Jr : This video... is embarrassing. 2/10 should be raised into the next tax income bracket.