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April 1 , 2009


4-1 - Seaway Opening at the St. Lambert Lock  -  Rene Beauchamp

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Spruceglen in the St. Lambert lock about to be raised and 50th Anniversary cake.
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Sequences showing the Spruceglen about to break the blue ribbon, breaking it and seconds after with confetti.
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4-1 - Seaway Opening
 - Kent Malo

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Spruceglen entering St Lambert lock.
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Spruceglen breaking the blue ribbon in St Lambert lock
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From left to right, Mr. Richard J. Corfe, president St. Lawrence Seaway Managemant Corporation, Mr. Collister Johnson Jr. Administrator St Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, Mr. Gerald Carter, President Canada Steamship Lines. Captain Mark Dillon,  Chief Eng., Christian Pelletier, "Spruceglen" River pilot Mr Tremblay, Senator W.  David Angus, Q. C. Mr. Lawrence Pathy, President and CEO, Fednav Limited
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Captain Mark Dillon Spruceglen with the pilot at the right of the photo.

4-1 - Welland Canal Opening Day
-   Bill Bird

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All smiles after St. Catharines mayor Brian McMullan presents top hat to Captain Austin Peckford of Montrealais.
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Another pose for Captain Peckford.  He received an earlier topper in the 90s while master of Canadian Olympic
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Montrealais clear of Lock 3
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Stern view
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Algoeast first downbounder in canal.  Forced to wait above Lock 7 because only west side of flights were operating.
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Algocape-clear of Lock One
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Stern view
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Algocape about to enter Lock 2    

4-1 - Welland Canal Opening Day
-  Alex Howard

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Montrealais ready to depart lock 3
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profile of bow
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Capt. poses for pics
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Montrealais blowing off steam
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Capt. posing for boatnerds
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Algoeast waits above lock 7 as first downbound

4-1 - Hamilton, Ont.
-  John McCreery

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Wyatt M with a line to the bow of the Canadian Provider at pier 25.
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Canadian Provider being moved to pier 26 by tugs Wyatt M and Molly M I.
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The Provider being moved from her position in front of the Canadian progress to dockside astern of that vessel.
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The Mckeil tugs departing Hamilton immediately after securing the Provider at pier 26.

4-1 - Port Huron Tuesday
-  Bruce Hurd

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Kaministaqua upbound passing Port Huron around 3:30 p.m.
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Rt Hon Paul J Martin backing down the St Clair River heading to Imperial Oil after leaving Sarnia's North Slip.

4-1 - Joseph Frantz stuck in the Independence Bridge, September 1986  - Todd Shorkey

Torrential rain the first part of September 1986 pushed water levels to near record heights. The flood stage on the Saginaw river is 17 feet, but on September 15, it crested over 7 feet higher at 24.16 feet. The water was still high and the currents in the river still very strong when the Joseph H. Frantz attempted to transit the Independence Bridge, just downriver from the Bay City Wirt Stone Dock. The currents took the Frantz and wedged her between the spans where she sat, unable to get free. Numerous attempts to move the Joseph H. Frantz were unsuccessful.

Finally, the tug Malcolm and the tug Barbara Ann, both from Malcolm Marine, Inc. based out of St. Clair, MI, arrived on location and were finally able to free the Joseph H. Frantz after being stuck for three days.

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Frantz stuck between the spans of the Independence Bridge
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View towards the bow and the Bay City Wirt Dock
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Head on view
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View towards the stern

4-1 - Public Gallery Updated

New albums in the Shipping, Regional and Video galleries.
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Answer Gallery added

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