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October 17, 2009

John Sherwin Towed from Sturgeon Bay - Dick Lund
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John Sherwin tow just south of Chambers Island in the bay of Green Bay
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Close-up of the Sherwin
Overcast Friday on the Detroit River - Chuck Wagner
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Manitowoc downbound with a load of stone for Detroit Bulk Storage.
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Turning upriver as she approaches the dock
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Canadian Coast Guard ship Isle Rouge downbound.
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Lee A. Tregurtha upbound with coal loaded at Toledo.
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Bound for ESSAR Steel Algoma in the Soo.
CSL's Glen boats in the Welland canal, Oct. 16 - Paul Beesley
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Birchglen, ex - Federal Richelieu,  downbound from Lock 2 passes the upbound Mapleglen.
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 Mapleglen, ex - Federal Maas, powering up clear of Lock 1.
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Mapleglen, of Montreal, nearly by the Birchglen.
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A couple of hours later the Oakglen, ex - Federal Danube, proceeds upbound toward Lock 2.
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 Oakglen, of the Marshall Islands, upbound toward Lock 2. The Oakglen has carried pilots all the way from Montreal to Nanticoke. The nationality of the crew is not the determining factor for pilot requirements. It is solely the flag. The Canadian contingent onboard were CSL supernumeraries. The actual crew is Russian/Ukrainian the same as Saguenay. CSL is diligently complying with all pilotage regulations.
Gate lifter Grasse River after dry docking at Groupe Ocean - Ron Beaupre
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  Tug Performance passes under the Victoria bridge
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Gate lifter Grasse River is heading back home after dry docking at Groupe Ocean.
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  Robinson Bay is pushing the barge Grasse River into St. Lambert lock.
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She is guided by men riding the bow with radios
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 The paint scheme for Grasse River is patriotic.
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Puffin is registered in Montego Bay. Highly unusual.
A LARC V in Port Dover, Ontario.  April, 2005 - Paul Beesley
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LARC V on the beach in Port Dover.  Specs for these craft are as follows:  Land speed: 30 mph;   Water speed: 10 mph;  Crew: 3;  but can carry twenty personnel for a total of twenty three;  Gradient: 60;  Fuel : 172 gallons total (2 tanks);  Unloaded range; Land - 250 miles - Sea: 40 miles.  Whether they met these specs is a subject of discussion.
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Operator's position.  Perhaps some of you have experience with this type of craft, or even own one.
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LARC v's were/are operated by Argentina, Australia, Philippines, Portugal and the USA.
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ID Tag.  Several LARC V?s with Soviet markings appeared in the 2001 movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.  In reality there were none in the Soviet forces.
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Tire pressures are quite low.  According to Wikipedia, LARC-V (Lighter, Amphibious Resupply, Cargo, 5 ton), is an aluminum hulled amphibious cargo vehicle capable of transporting 5 tons. It was developed in the United States during the 1950s, and is used in a variety of auxiliary roles to this day.
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Another view of the operator's position.
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The south end of a north bound LARC V.
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Closeup view of the operator's position.

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