Though residents seldom give it a second thought, the St. Clair River is one of the busiest inland waterways in the world.
Which gives Sarnians, smack-dab in the middle of the Great Lakes, a front row seat to a passing panoply of freighters, tankers, self-unloaders, icebreakers, salties, barges and tugs.
The city’s Harbour is also an important stopping over point for ships, especially in winter, when 10 to 12 typically berth for layup or repairs.
Not only do shipping companies pay Sarnia for the right to dock here, but the maintenance these massive vessels require generate hundreds of jobs for welders, machinists, fabricators and other skilled trades.
The ships will be leaving soon. Presented here are images Journal photographer Glenn Ogilvie has recorded of winter activity in Port Sarnia, which quietly goes on regardless of the weather.