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March 17 - 18, 2009

3-18 - Ludington lay-up - Danny Hecko
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Pere Marquette 41
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Badger and Spartan


3-18- Historical Perspectives 
- Don Boone
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Collingwood Shipyards 1973
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Shipyard site March 2009 starting condos.
3-18 - Rotting Ice - NOAA
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March 16, rain, warmer weather and winds have cleared Lake St. Clair and most of Lake Erie
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March 15
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March 4 note the coverage on the lower lakes and Superior was close to 100% coverage.

3-18 - Public Gallery Updated

3-17 - Goderich Season Opener and Sarnia
- John McCreery
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The tug Pride powering away from her dock to resume her ice breaking duty at Goderich.
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Running through the over-night freeze with owner Willy on deck.
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Breaking ice alongside the salt dock in anticipation of the arrival of Canadian Olympic.
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Back to shore.
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Canadian Olympic backing in to start a new season with Griffon and Pride in the background.
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Pride in the icy harbour.
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Olympic safely at the dock Pride headed home.
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Frontenac and Tadoussac still steadfast at their lay up berths. Hear that Tadoussac may remain here until May.
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Griffon up at Sarnia bound for Goderich
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Except for shore ice the river is essentially ice free.

3-17 - Mackinaw locks through 
- Capt Charlie Lampman
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Mackinaw upbound under the bridges.
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Approaching our position.
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Almost abeam.
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Stern shot as she approaches the tie-up wall at S.W. Pier.

3-17 - Mackinaw breaks ice in Whitefish Bay, Mich.
- Petty Officer 3rd Class George Degener
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3-17 - Escanaba Opener 
- Dick Lund
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 Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. VanEnkevort loading taconite pellets at the Ore Dock.
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Joseph H. Thompson/Joseph H. Thompson, Jr. still in lay-up at C. Reiss (north) dock.

3-17 - Mapleglen, ex Lake Michigan in Montreal
- René Beauchamp
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Note original name Federal Maas welded under the current name Mapleglen. Note also the name plate with the previous name Lake Michigan.

3-17 - Tug Michigan and barge Great Lakes  arrive in Traverse City Mich.
- Elliot Salyer and Danny Hecko
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3-17- Historical Perspectives 
- Ray Hillary Series of photos taken on the St Clair River at the southern tip of Stag Island in 1971.
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Charles Beeghly August 1971
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John Dykstra and Ralph Misener. August 1971
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John J Boland
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Roy A  Jodrey - Sept 1971.  Cunningham's Fisherman's Wharf  now the River Crab is behind the Roy Jodery self unloader.              

3-17- Historical Perspectives 
- Ron Beaupre

3-17- Historical Perspectives 
- Don Boone
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Presque Isle likely taken during the Houghton blockade of Sept. 1899. She is now E M Ford.
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Robert J. Paisley F.W.E. Sarnia Ont. 1967

3-17- South Shore launch anniversary
- Sean Whelan

Moored at the base of Navy Pier in Odgen Slip, the M/V South Shore celebrates her 64th birthday March 17. Now owned by Shoreline Cruises, she is in long term lay-up and serving as a storage vessel for the many vessels operated by the company. Built for the Miller Boat Line of Middle Bass Island Ohio, she carried 6 cars and 270 passengers. In 1973, she was sold to America's "Emerald Isle" and made the 32 mile trip, along with her new sister, the "Beaver Islander", countless times. When the new Emerald Isle II was delivered, she made her final run on Labor Day of 1997. Having been launched on Saint Patrick's Day 1945, good luck will continue to follow her as she continues a well deserved retirement.

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The South Shore awaits another trip while being the first ferry to  use the new ramp on the renovated Charlevoix dock. (Sean Whelan)
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Enroute to Middle Bass Island in her first year of operation. Her removable bridge to the forward deck was not added until 1946. (William Market)
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Resting comfortably in Chicago. (Justin Krimes)
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The Shoreline vessels "Marilyn" and "Voyageur" are rafted from her. The "Voyageur" is formerly also a former carferry from Washington Island Wisconsin. (Justin Krimes)
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Although somewhat hidden, the Beaver Island Boat Company stack logo, the shamrock, remains on her funnel. (Justin Krimes)

3-17 - Public Gallery Updated
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