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May 25, 20
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Christening of the Hon James L. Oberstar in Duluth Tuesday - Roger LeLievre
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Oberstar awaits the ceremony.
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Decorated with plenty of bunting.
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Wheelhouse.
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Controls for new diesel engines.
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Redecorated passenger lounge.
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Library, off of the lounge.
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Crew's mess.
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Engine room, with the new diesels.
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Everything was painted up and shipshape for the christening.
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Ceremony begins.
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James L. Oberstar in front of his namesake.
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Jean Oberstar makes a splash with the champagne.
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Oberstar's Capt. Joe Ruch with his vessel in the background.
 
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Interlake president Mark Barker presents Cong. Oberstar with a Paul C. LaMarre painting of the vessel.
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Oberstar poses as the dock.
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Three christening plaques affixed on the front of the pilothouse.
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Side view of the Oberstar.

Chicago Tuesday -
Tom Kort
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Tug Michigan and barge Great Lakes
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CTC 1 is still moored and awaiting its next career
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Loaded barges.
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Wagenborg line ships
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Keizersborg
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Mississippiborg
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Hold of the Mississippiborg.  Note the bobcat in the hold.  They have just swapped equipment on the crane to remove the bobcat.   What did they unload?
       

Welland Canal Monday -
Paul Beesley
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Algoeast and Pineglen pass below Lock 3.  Back in the day when I was 3rd mate on board CCGS Tupper we used to escort the Algoeast through ice into various ports in PEI and Northern New Brunswick.  She was the Texaco Brave and Le Brave then.
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Algolake below the flight locks.  Tuesday was a busy day in the Canal. 
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Algosar is now an infrequent visitor to the canal but as the Gemini she often passed through.
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The bear is getting an overhaul.
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Twin rudders for extra manoeuverability.
 
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Flintermar below the flights.
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For a small ship the Flintermar can lift a good load, 60 tonnes.
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If necessary she can up that to 152 tonnes.
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Pineglen at the QEW bridge.  She looks good all painted up.
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Despite being very early in the morning she already had the hoses going to prevent hogging.
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Songa Topaz above Lock 1.
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Pineglen above Lock 3.
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The Boatwatching Dog gets a closer view and sniff from the homer bridge while demonstrating aerodynamic lift with her ears.
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Sichem Defiance above Lock 3.
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Sichem Defiance approaching Lock 4 west as the Flintermar waits to lower on the east side.
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Another view above Lock 1.  The pilots were quite busy all day.
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Pineglen approaching 4 west.  Waiting in 4 east is the Algolake, while the Algoma Spirit is in 6 west.
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Another view of the Algosar.
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Songa Topaz heads for Lock 2.
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Action above Lock 1.  When two ships pass near a bridge the bridge is kept up until they have both gone by.  This frustrates the locals no end.  U-turns on the bridge approaches increase dramatically.  The drivers hurry to the next bridge along the canal, often to find it raised too.

Tug Huron Service and barge Energy 6506 in the Belle Isle Anchorage - Mike Nicholls
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Sunday and Monday at Brockville, Morrisburg and Iroquois - Dave Bessant
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Kaministiqua approaching Brockville
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heading upriver into the Brockville Narrows
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Monday afternoon and Vale leaving the lock at Iroquois with Canadian Enterprise upbound in the distance and Mapleglen even further away
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Canadian Enterprise between Morrisburg and Iroquois
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Canadian Enterprise meeting Vale near Iroquois
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Vale at Loyalist park downbound
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Vale accommodations and stack in the rain
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Canadian Enterprise heading through the Iroquois Lock
   

Lake Huron passing Bois Blanc Island - Dianne Donati
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