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April 2, 20

Duluth vessel traffic Wednesday and Thursday -  Travis Chadwick
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Indiana Harbor loading coal at SMET.
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Frontenac arriving Duluth for DMIR/CN and taconite. She is the first Canadian vessel of the season.
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CSL Laurentien arriving Duluth.
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Stern view as she passes under the Lift Bridge.
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Wide view of American Mariner entering the Duluth ship canal.
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Close-up of stern.
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American Century loading coal at SMET. Her first cargo of the season.
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American Mariner passing American Century on her way to DMIR/CN.

Welland Canal -
Paul Beesley
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Birchglen raising in Lock 1.
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Birchglen showing off her new paint job; just above Lock 1.
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Birchglen approaching Lock 3; Paint is already showing the wear & tear of lock passages.
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Bow of the CSL Assiniboine in drydock.  One small section of the bow has yet to be painted.
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Most of the hull has been repainted but on the aft section work continues.
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  Atlantic Huron, also newly repainted, approaching Lock 1, upbound.
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Stern view of the Atlantic Huron approaching Lock 1.
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Winter buoy storage in Port Weller.  These are US buoys from the eastern end of Lake Ontario.  They are normally serviced by the Canadian Coast Guard, as part of a work-share agreement between Canada and the US.
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A closer view of the anchor and chain that are used to hold the buoy in position.  This anchor is about 2 to 3 tons.
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The lantern on top of the buoy.  As with many things technology has changed these greatly over the last few years.  In the late 60's and early 70's there were still buoy lanterns fueled by acetylene, then they were changed to large battery packs as well as a device to hold up to 6 bulbs and a bulb changer plus a light activated switch. By the late 80's early 90's solar panels and rechargeable batteries made their appearance.  These required large batteries and equally large solar panels .  All buoys with rechargeable batteries had to be modified to allow for the escape of battery gas.  In the last 10 years much smaller composite units have been available.  This photo show the solar panels surrounding the lantern.  The lantern is about 1 foot high.  The actual light  is under the top panel, it's an LED yet another change.

Escanaba Wednesday - Dick Lund
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Joseph L. Block loading at the north side of the ore dock late Wednesday afternoon
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Wilfred Sykes arrives off Sand Point from Sturgeon Bay, WI winter lay-up around 6:15 p.m. EDT
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Broadside view of the newly re-painted ship
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Close-up of the bow, looking good.
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Approaching the ore dock where the Joseph L. Block is currently loading
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Close-up of the Block as the bow of the Sykes comes into view
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The Sykes by-passes the dock and the Block
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 ... and goes to anchor well northeast of the facility

Harbour Clear, first new saltie of the year in the Seaway off Vercheres, QC on March 31  - Rene Beauchamp
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First Saltie
-Ron Beaupre
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Federal Elbe in Iroquois Lock.
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She is on her way to Duluth for cargo.

Toledo traffic - 
Luke Archer
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Canadian Olympic passing the Willis B. Boyer.
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Canadian Olympic heads for the NS Swing Bridge with the help of the G-tugs Nebraska and Mississippi.
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Canadian Olympic with a Canada Goose.
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Through the NS Swing Bridge.

Cheboygan, Mich.
- Jon Paul Michaels
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Algocanada enters the Cheboygan River on a hazy April 1st.
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Approching the WLBB -30 Mackinaw at her moorings.
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Algocanada passing between the Mackinaw on the east side of the river and Durocher barges on the west side.
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Bow thruster kicking up bow sediment at the dock.
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Lines ashore and snugging up to the dock.

Algocanada and USCG Mackinaw in Cheboygan
- Dianne Donati
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 Lee A. Tregurtha upbound at Port Huron -
Ed Schuyler
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Upbound near the Huron Lightship.
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Bow Profile
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Heading to Two Harbors Minn.

Sam Laud at the Upper Harbor in Marquette
- Rod Burdick
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Stern view, arriving at the ore dock

Union Ship Canal project in Buffalo - Brian W.
Construction crews have completely flattened the North side of the slip and are now back filling in with clean dirt over the existing grade level. The Hanna Furnace docks on the South side are also being prepped for backfilling as the old ore pit is being cleaned of debris at this time.
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Union ship canal from the Hanna Furnace dock on the South side looking North at the old Pennsylvania ore dock where a dozer can be seen backfilling clean soil over the existing grade to level the site where Hullet boat unloaders & Brown Hoists once roamed.
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Looking North-East from the same spot and you can clearly see the old concrete track bed for the ore bridge cranes that once unloaded lake freighters here. Notice the dirt stained red from years of iron ore storage at this site.
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Looking due East along the length of the Hanna Furnace ore pit. The row of 4 blast furnaces once stood to the right of this shot. Soon, all traces of the 100 year old plant will be gone except for the canal itself.

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