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July 29, 2008


USS Freedom Begins Sea Trials - Dick Lund

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Tugs Jimmy L (stern) and Jacquelyn Nicole have lines aboard the USS Freedom shortly after 10 a.m.
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At 2 p.m. the tow finally gets underway
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The tugs turn the LCS-1 around in the turning basin down-river from Marinette Marine
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Turn is complete and the tow heads for the Ogden Street Bridge
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The tow is led down-river by armed USCG craft
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The tow approaches the bridge
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Crewmembers enjoy the trip down-river
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More crew line the stern
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Stern view of the tow after passing through the bridge
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A large crowd watches the tow at the lighthouse pier
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Smoke billows from the USS Freedom as the tugs cut it loose at the lighthouse
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Stern view of the USS Freedom as the smoke clears beyond
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The USS Freedom makes its first solo voyage
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Around 12:30 p.m. the Jimmy L drops its lines and heads to assist the Marlene Green out of port

Sarnia / Point Edward - Marc Dease

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Algosoo undergoing unspecified repairs in the north slip at Point Edward, July 27
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Tug Menasha assists the Algosoo out of the north slip.
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Menasha pushes the bow of the Algosoo
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Algosoo heads downbound after departing the north slip
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Menasha heads back to the Government dock in Sarnia
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Ojibway loads at the elevator in Sarnia, July 28

Soo July 26 - Blake Kishler

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Indiana Harbor entering the Poe Lock upbound
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Mississagi downbound with a coal load in the MacArthur lock
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Herbert C. Jackson in the Poe Lock approach behind the Mississagi
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Arthur M. Anderson downbound at West Pier, heading to Conneaut with ore
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Bow profile against a darkening sky
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American Century and Soo Locks tour boat Bide-a-Wee at West Pier
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Stern view
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Herbert C. Jackson in the Rock Cut

Detroit - John Meyland

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Herbert C Jackson about to receive mail

Sunday St. Clair River Traffic
- Tom Welles

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Kaye Barker, downbound at Salt Dock
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Barker & Hollyhock passing the Salt Dock
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Hollyhock Up-bound at Harsens Island,  Fast Response Boat heading for Gull Island, report of a sinking pleasure boat.

Recent Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay traffic (Sunday and Monday) - Matt Ludvigson

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St. Mary's Conquest at dock
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Alpena at LaFarge, Green Bay
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Pathfinder at Bay Ship
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Dorothy Ann and Petrochem Producer at Bay Ship
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What appears to be a new tug
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St. Clair River - Frank Frisk

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