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December 15-16, 20


Philip R. Clarke unloading coal at C. Reiss in Green Bay, Wisc. - Dick Lund

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Saginaw River -
Todd Shorkey
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Tug Gregory J. Busch & Algoway near the Lake State Railway Bridge
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Tug Gregory J. Busch in the ice at the Dow Chemical Dock
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Busch and Algoway framed by the gear at the North Star dock in Essexville
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Algoway unloading at the North Star dock
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Another view
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Working at the end of the boom

American Integrity downbound at Port Huron Wednesday with ice on its bow -
Bruce Hurd
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James R. Barker unloading coal at the Upper Harbor in Marquette
- Rod Burdick
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Icy shoreline

Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead Lighthouse encased in ice -
USCG Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen
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A small break in the clouds overhead allows sunlight to momentarily illuminate the ice-covered Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead Lighthouse Dec. 14, 2010.
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All across the Great Lakes, high winds and subzero air temperatures caused waves to crash onto lighthouses and other aids to navigation and freeze, coating the structures and their lights in multiple layers of ice and making it impossible for mariners to see the lights or distinguish the color of the aids.
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Ice completely covers Cleveland Harbor Main Entrance Light 1, a lighted green aid to navigation, and coats the piling of Light 4, a lighted red aid to navigation.

Icebreaking last winter -
Presque Isle crew
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St. Clair River, Mich. - Canadian coast guard icebreaker Griffon and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay work to flush an ice jam in the St. Clair River March 21, 2010, as part of Operation Coal Shovel during the 2009-2010 Great Lakes ice breaking season.

Historical Perspective -
Jon Paul Michaels
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 Str. Charles M. White downbound Upper St. Mary's River after a stormy December crossing of Lake Superior
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The White downbound in the St. Clair River - December 1976
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This ice was picked up crossing the mouth of Saginaw Bay with strong SW Gale running.
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Me, AB Watchman. It took us an extra 5 hours to get the hatches open for unloading at McLouth Steel, Trenton, Mich.

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