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March 5, 20


Sarnia Layup Wednesday -
Bruce Hurd
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Michipicoten bow and stern the stern shows the stack removed.
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Stack of the Michipicoten
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Ojibway and Calumet near the Government Dock
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Montrealais at the Government Dock.
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CCGC Samuel Risley at the government dock

Great Lakes Towing and Ironhead Marine Crews move CSL Niagara into dry dock at the Toledo Shipyard - Ron Piskor
This was a precision operation executed between the 3 G Tugs and the Ironhead Marine workers. Handling two 700 foot Lakers at the same time, that are not under power in river current, calls for a level of teamwork that the crews from both of these companies delivered to the optimum.
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 The Muscle of the River, the G Tug crews , plan their strategy for handling  two 700 plus foot lakers.
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Ironhead Marine’s President prepares to cast off the Niagara’s stern line.
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A Pennsylvania crewmember grabs the stern line from the Niagara.
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Pennsylvania’s 8 cylinder Cleveland 498 starts to pour on it’s 55,400 Lbs. of available bollard pull to move Niagara out into mid-river.
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 Mississippi  heads up-stream to position  Ironhead crewmen at the Kraft dock were the CSL Tadoussac will be moored. A move the Ironhead workers refer to as: “Riding the Dolphin”.
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Pennsylvania towing Niagara down-stream as the Mississippi starts to pull on the Tadoussac’s stern line.
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With the Mississippi  on the stern line and Ironhead crewmen utilizing the Tadoussac’s starboard side winches, 730 feet of laker starts inching up-stream to clear the dry dock’s entrance for the Niagara.
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With Tadoussac  clear of the graving dock no.1 entrance, Ironhead workers start  to open the gate.
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Nebraska arrives at open gate with Niagara.
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Nebraska tows the Niagara’s bow up to the open dry dock entrance.
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 An Ironhead operations boss stays in close radio contact with the G Tugs working Niagara’s stern.
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With the Nebraska shoving on the Niagara’s port side and the Pennsylvania on her stern line, the Niagara begins to pivot into the river current to enter the graving dock.
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Holding the Nebraska steady against Niagara’s port side.
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 Ironhead crewmen using port side lines to winch Niagara into the slip.
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Niagara settled in to her new winter fit-out home.

Pineglen is pictured leaving the dry dock at Bay Ship in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on January 31, 2011 -
Steve Reinke
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Pineglen is sporting a new hull color for 2011
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Tugs from The Selvick Marine Towing group moved the Pineglen to a new area within Bay Shipyard.
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Tug Bee Jay in Marquette - Mike Nicholls
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Roger Blough in winter layup in Duluth as the retractable shuttle unloading boom is serviced - Ed Labernik
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Cheboygan, Mich.  February 24 -
Mike Nicholls
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Tug WS8196HS and Joelle Annmarie
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Tug Tenacious

G Tugs break out Buffalo, N.Y.
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Fish tugs -
Allen Vary
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Miss Melissa (ex F.G. Bravener) at Wheatley
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J & A Baptista (ex Liddle Bros.) at Wheatley
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William T.R. (ex M and J) at Wheatley
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Isabel Maria at Wheatley
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Pelee Clipper at Kingsville
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Mi-Mar-Lynne at Port Dover

New Soo Locks Observation Platform construction, Feb., 2011 -
Michelle Hill, Park Ranger, USACE
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Historical Perspectives -
Lou Gerard
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Ann Arbor's former Grand Trunk carferry City of Milwaukee arrives at Kewaunee WI. on Good Friday 1980.
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From across the harbor the City of Midland 41 prepares for a late night departure from Kewaunee WI. in Oct. 1976.
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Chessie's City of Midland 41 loaded with freight cars is ready to depart from Kewaunee WI. for Ludington in Oct. 1976.

From The Know Your Ships Archive -
Roger LeLievre
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D.G. Kerr gets supplies from Ojibway in the the 1970s, seen from the Valley Camp.
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USCG Naugatuck in Spring ice.
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Ernest R. Breech unloading at her Rouge River Dock, 1973
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Chicago's Navy Pier shortly after the Seaway opened in 1959.
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Consumer's Power with tugs Limestone and Dolomite at Roger's City.
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John Ericsson and whaleback barge in Soo Harbor, early 1960s.
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William Clay Ford being lengthened at Fraser Shipyard, 1979.
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Canadian Coast Guard Ship Grenville.
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Benson Ford, 1960s.
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William Clay Ford in the MacArthur Lock 1960s.
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Ojibway supplies USS fleet's Clifford F. Hood.

News paper clippings from the 80's 
- Rob Hartley
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