Bassin Louise is the the largest marina for private boats in Quebec City. Because of the significant tides in the St. Lawrence River, there is a lock that protects it and a bridge that goes over it. The seaway tugboats are on the back side of this and behind them is a large loading area where large ships dock to take on grain products. The result is a very cluttered scene and for some reason I was crazy enough to try to stuff all that into a 3×5 sketchbook. It seemed like a good idea at the time (grin).
After I finished that torture test, I wandered down to the opening of Bassin Louise to the St. Lawrence. Faced with a more simple view I did a quick sketch of the scene. The building complex across the river is a ship-building company, which is why they have so many large cranes.