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May 19, 20

Point Edward/Sarnia - Marc Dease
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Algosar down bound at 1 & 2.
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Philip R. Clarke down bound above the buoys.
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Making the turn.
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 Down bound at Vantage Point.
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Ojibway follows the Clarke down.
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Close behind at Black River.
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Michipicoten taking on a load at Sarnia.
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Mississagi down bound above the buoys
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McKee Sons and Tug Invincible making the turn.
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Canadian Olympic heads into Lake Huron.
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Algoway down bound at 1 & 2.
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Walter J. McCarthy Jr. leading fleetmate American Century down bound.
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Michipicoten loading during the early evening.

Weekend activity at Duluth / Superior -
Mike Sipper
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H. Lee White loading at SMET.
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Arthur M Anderson backing into CN.
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Arthur M Anderson unloading stone at CN.
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Kaye E Barker looking great with new paint at Fraser Shipyards.
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Kaye E Barker backing out of the dry dock at Fraser Shipyards.
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Adam E Cornelius laid up at Fraser Shipyards.
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Kaye E Barker backing out of the dry dock at Fraser Shipyards.
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American Victory laid up at Fraser Shipyards.

St. Marys River Tuesday -
Roger LeLievre
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Algolake upbound into the MacArthur Lock.
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Capt. Anders Rasmussen keeps a watchful eye as Algolake enters the Mac 
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Charles M. Beeghly in the lower river.
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Roger Blough at dusk.
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Kaministiqua upbound.
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Kaministiqua, followed by the Beeghly.
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Manitowoc upbound.

Welland Canal May 16 -
Paul Beesley
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English River glides past old bridge 10.
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Federal Leda creeps out of Lock 2.
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Kaministiqua above Lock 3.
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M R Kane at old bridge 10.
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Serena approaches the high bridge and the Homer bridge.

H. Lee White unloading coal at the Lower Harbor in Marquette
- Rod Burdick
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Stern view
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View across the harbor

Ojibway May 18 at Lock 8
 new grain unloading system can be seen - Rob Hartley
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Cuyahoga unloading salt in Alpena
- Ben & Chanda McClain
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Gimli, Manitoba
- Maurice Spooner (from Paul Beesley)
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Namao, of the Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium, tied up in Gimli.  From 1975 to 2000 she was based out of Selkirk, Manitoba.  In 2000 she moved to Gimli, Manitoba.  As a Canadian Coast Guard Ship the Namao deployed and recovered navigation buoys. She also assisted vessels in distress a number of times during her career.  In 2005 ownership of the Namao was transferred from CCG to LWRC.  The Namao is 328 GRT, 104 NRT, 33.6 m long, 8.5 m wide and has a draft of 2.13 m.  Her cruising speed is 12 kts, she has a fuel capacity of 34.5 tonnes, a crew of 9.
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Stern view of Namao. 
About the Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium:  Scientific evidence accumulated over the last 70 years now reveals that Lake Winnipeg is approaching a state of deterioration that may affect ecosystem sustainability.
Significant changes in water transparency, biological species composition, productivity, and sediment chemistry indicate that the lake is on a trajectory of progressive eutrophication not unlike that seen in the lower Great Lakes during the 1960s.  Stresses on the lake are increasing and continued scientific attention to the conditions in the lake is essential to identify and quantify chemical inputs, organisms and processes and to determine their fate in and effects on the lake ecosystem.  LWRC carries out this research.
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 CCGC Vakta.
About the Vakta:  "Vakta" in the Icelandic language means "on watch" or "on patrol".  CCGC VAKTA is a 52-ft. (16.76 m) multi-task cutter; a vessel built for Aids to Navigation as well as Search and Rescue activities on Lake Winnipeg; and is capable of operating in all weather conditions in semi-sheltered waters. It is a station mode vessel, meaning that the crew does not live onboard, but is based out of a shore station - in this case Gimli Search and Rescue station, located on the western shore of Lake Winnipeg in the town of Gimli. This medium-range, moderate to high speed cutter will provide Search and Rescue coverage 24-7 during the operational season from April to November.
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Gimli Viking ready for another fishing season.
About Gimli: A town and municipality located in the Interlake region of south-central Manitoba, Canada.  It is located on the western shore of Lake Winnipeg, about 75 kilometres north of the provincial capital, Winnipeg.  Its population in the 2006 Canadian census was 5,797. The town and surrounding districts were once an Icelandic ethnic settlement, and the area, known as New Iceland, is home to the largest concentration of people of Icelandic ancestry outside Iceland.
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View of Gimli harbour.
About Lake Winnipeg:  It is the 10th largest (by area) body of freshwater in the world, covering and area of 24,514 square kilometres.  It is also the 3rd largest hydroelectric reservoir, after lakes Superior and Victoria.  Although large in surface area with some deep spots, Lake Winnipeg is a shallow lake.  It therefore has a low volume of water and typically experiences no thermal stratification. 
Fish in Lake Winnipeg:  A number of the fish species are economically important.  Some of the native fish are:  Walleye, Sauger, Yellow Perch, Troutperch, Burbot, Freshwater Drum, Lake Cisco.  Introduced fish are:  Rainbow Smelt, Common Carp, White Bass.

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