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March 23, 20

Soo Opener March 21 - Galen Witham
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Morning coffee, with a view.  This was sunrise looking downbound on the bridge of the USCGC Mackinaw, dock on the West Pier approach to the locks.
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The sun is up, and the Lee A. Tregurtha eases out of the Poe Lock, upbound
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Lee A., approaching the International Bridge.
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Lee A. Tregurtha, approaching our position on the West Pier, break light plate ice in the early light.
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A wide angle view of the Lee A. from the bridge of the Mackinaw.
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A close up of the Lee Tregurtha's Pilothouse as it passes abeam.
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And onward towards Whitefish Point and Lake Superior.
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A view of the U. S. Coast Guard's cutter force over the stern of the Mackinaw.
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Penobscot Bay, underway shortly after the passing of the Lee A. Tregurtha, for track maintenance.
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The USCGC Mackinaw, docked at the West Pier.
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Later, the Roger Blough, in the Poe Lock upbound.
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Roger Blough, upbound under the International Bridge, bound for Lake Superior.
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The Blough, past the Mackinaw now, upbound.

USCGC Mackinaw transit of the Poe Lock March 21
- Galen Witham
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Underway from the West Pier, heading towards the International Bridge.
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Approaching the International Bridge.
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"Boatnerds" on ladders at the West Pier...working on that "Perfect Shot".
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The Roger Blough falls astern as we head downbound.
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A look astern, as we proceed towards the Poe.
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Making our approach to the Poe Lock.
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The Attentive Officers, Crew, and my son Hunter, watch the approach into the lock.
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The Mackinaw, now in the lock, begins to handle lines to make fast.
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Now lower to the level of Lake Huron, gates open, the Mackinaw proceeds forward to meet the Edwin H. Gott.
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Meeting the Gott, while exiting the Edwin H. Gott.
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A close up of the Edwin H. Gott, as we meet.
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Approaching Sector Soo's pier face.
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The USCGC Penobscot Bay, underway from Sector Soo, enroute to the lower lakes.
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The USCGC Mackinaw, underway for the Lake Huron Cut.  A fine crew and a fine ship!

Manitowoc preparing to depart Sarnia Monday - Galen Witham
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Looking Aft on the Forecastle of the M/V Manitowoc during inspection for break out of the new season.
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Close up of the Pilot House and unloading boom
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Looking forward on main deck from the after house.
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The Algosea, moored across the berth
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Looking forward from the bridgewing of the Manitowoc.
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A view forward from inside the pilot house.
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The USCGC Mackinaw works the river, as the Manitowoc conducts inspections.
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A view looking aft, dead centerline.
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As the crew of the Manitowoc tests fire fighting gear, the Griffon works in the ice upbound.
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A close up of the Mississagi moored forward of the Manitowoc.
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Letting go the Starboard Anchor for the windlass and brake test.
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The stern's of the Mississagi and the Calumet.
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The tug Menasha moored aft.
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The crew of the Manitowoc lowering the life boat.
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 A view of the Manitowoc's main engines, Model 251C Alco's
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Another view of the main engines.

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