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June 27, 20

Sunday at the Welland - Bill Bird
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Amstelborg clear of Lock 8 at Port Colborne
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apparently lightship, she's headed overseas
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Algocape in Port Colborne harbour
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underneath Clarence St bridge
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heading to the west wall above the lock
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Algocape taking on supplies while BBC Arizona slides by on the east wall.
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BBC Arizona closeup.
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heading to Lake Michigan with windmill parts
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Algonova leaving Lock 7
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Headed to Nanticoke
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Quebecois clear of Lock 3
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Algoma houseflag on her mast is the only hint as to her new owners
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headed to Baie Comeau with grain

Port Cartier and Lower Cove NL
- Captain Clarence Vautier
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Salarium ariving at Lower Cove
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Rugia at anchor Port Cartier.
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Algobay unloading at Port Cartier

Iroquois Lock and Newfoundland -
Ron Beaupre
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Adriaticborg in the river below Iroquois Lock.
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Sliding the wall into the lock.
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This is the first trip for this new ship into the Lakes.
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Tug Keewatin in St. John's Harbour, Newfoundland. She once sailed the Lakes.
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Former Morristown, N.Y. to Brockville ON ferry Elmer W Jones at Port Aux Choix, Newfoundland.
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Built 1926 at Groton, CT for this service. Left for East Coast in 1953.

Detroit River - Mike Nicholls
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Algosteel downbound off the Rouge Short Cut Canal Saturday.
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Roger Blough upbound just above the Ambassador Bridge Friday.
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Tug Marvin O upbound just above the Ambassador Bridge.
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Victoria (Antigua) unloading clay at Morterm in WIndsor.
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Peter R Cresswell loading salt for Toronto at Ojibway Salt in Windsor.
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 Port of Montreal sec 44 June 25
- Kent Malo
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Algontario with name painted out being readied for the tow to Aliaga
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Birchglen downbound to Quebec City,
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Bow view of the tug Herakles preparing the tow of the Algontario, said to be leaving Monday at 4 a.m.
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Sternview of the tug Herakles
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Wheel house and funnel of the Herakles at Montreal, Quebec
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Poland Steamship Koztocze unloading sugar at the Atlantic Sugar Refinery dock sec 45 Port of Montreal
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Tanker Ruby T up bound for the Seaway and Hamilton, Ontario

Sorel and Quebec City
-  Normand Daneau 
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Tug Soulanges built in 1905 with a smaller tug on the hip, Cap Brule or the Cape Crow, seen here at Quebec City June 16-2011 
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Ocean Group tug Ocean Bertrand Jeansonne docking the tanker Energy Commander at the Hydro Quebec Thermal plant at Tracy Quebec, taken from the tug Duga.
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Herakles going by Tracy Quebec, at 0600 am

St. Clair River -
Don Detloff
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Adriaticborg at Marine City on Sunday
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Stephen B. Roman at Marine City on June 25
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Roger Blough at Marine City on June 24

Saginaw River -
Todd Shorkey
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Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber at Bay City Wirt
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Stephen B. Roman at the Essroc Dock
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Bay City River Roar action with SSt-45 boat catching air
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 SST-45 boats speeding into the turn
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More River Roar
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 Krista S. upbound at Veteran's Memorial Bridge
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Stern view

Fish tugs in Port Stanley -
Allen Vary
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Royka Bros.
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Nancy A. Siddall
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James D.
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William T.R.
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Carol Ann II

Kingsville and Leamington Sunday -
John van der Doe
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Pelee Islander leaves for Sandusky, Ohio
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SS United States in Philadelphia -
D. McColloch
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Former CCGS Sir Humphrey Gilbert in Victoria, British Columbia -
Paul Beesley
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 Polar Prince at Ogden Point, Victoria.  She was built as Class 100A medium-duty icebreaker for service in Canadian Arctic.
        Former Name(s):Gilbert I , CCGS Sir Humphrey Gilbert.
        IMO: 5329566, MMSI: 316001007
       Year Built1959.
       Yard:Davie Shipbuilding LTD,.Lauzon,PQ.,Canada
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 In the early 90's her hull forward of the house was removed and replaced with a better icebreaking bow complete with a bubbler system  She also received new holds and new McGregor Hatches.
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Looking to port in the wheelhouse.  There are 3 control stations, centre, port and starboard.
      Vessel Type:General Cargo/Ice Reinforced
      Gross Tonnage:2,062 tons.
      Net Tonnage:618 tons.
      Dead Weight: 960 tons.
      Vessel Length:69.07 m (220'), Breadth 14.63 m (48'),Depth 6.40 m (16').
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Chief Officer's cabin.  The ship was alongside for maintenance and preparation for Solas inspection.  For a ship over 50 years old she is in good shape.  They don't build them like that anymore.
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 Looking aft from the well-deck.  Alaska Crane that was installed by the new owners.  The lifting gear that was installed with the new bow was removed last year.  Just aft of the crane
      you can see the cover of the Moon Pool.  I never saw that open.
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Looking aft down the port side, complete with my shadow.  I could not get any photos of the engine spaces because my flash unit decided not to cooperate.
     Unlike her many near sisters, the Gilbert had the propulsion motors forward of the 4 generators.  This gives rise to very long propeller shafts.
     M/C: Diesel (4) electric, Fairbanks, twin screw.3,820KW, 4250 SHP
     Speed13.0 knots
     Owner/Mngr: GX TECHNOLOGY CANADA LTD.,Calgary Alta.,Canada.
     Flag: Canada
     Call Sign:CFK9552
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 The wheelhouse looking to starboard.  The telegraphs (Chadburns) are at the extreme ends of the consoles so the person doing the manoeuvering can see the stern and the docks/ships they
      are assisting.
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Formerly the Officer's Mess.  This will be changed into a hospital.  We only had 9 people on board.  Minimum safe manning was 10, so when we went out to anchor (because we would be displaced by cruise ships) we would hire
     a local fellow to bump the complement up.
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Anchor windlass, goal posts, house and A-Frame.  The A-frame originally held the lifting gear that was stepped aft.  Much like the Alexander Henry, same class.  When the new bow was installed a new
     set of lifting gear was installed, stepped forward, using the new goal posts.  The goal posts also contain the exhaust conduits for the bubbler engine.
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 Centre console in the wheelhouse.  This was mostly used by the Quartermaster (wheelsman), as the Captain would maneuver from either of the bridge wing consoles.  The top left shows
      where one of the windows has been removed.  It was broken in refit.  Telegraphs are to the upper right of the wheel.  Bowl and spoon are available options.
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Another view of the focsle deck and my shadow.  As with many of her class she did not have self-stowing anchor chain, so when heaving the anchor someone had to be at the
      entrance to the chain locker with a chain hook to make sure the chain did not tangle as it was fed onto itself.  Not the most glamorous job.
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The Poop deck.  With only 10 people on board she is a large ship to tie up.  Fortunately, the Captain was a great shiphandler and made it much easier for us.
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Part of the flight deck and hanger.  On the starboard side is the exhaust for the newly installed incinerator.   As the Gilbert she used to be tasked to escort various ferries on their appointed rounds in North East Newfoundland.
      Much of this ice escort work was done moving astern as she broke ice better that way.  The rudder would be locked amidship and off she'd go.
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Much was done to prepare her for inspection, including repair and replacement of various vents.  You can see some of the detail of the hatch covers.  These were moved with a wire, snatch block and tugger winch.
      Notice all the paint containers.  They are full and waiting to be applied once the steel is prepared.  Paint locker is full, too.  The crane is also waiting for a new window.
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Looking forward on the starboard side.  This is a run-about.  The 'Approved Boat' is on the port side.  The ship is being used as a support vessel for seismic survey ships in the Arctic.

Historical Perspective -
Dave Otterman
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Shown loading liquid product at Nanticoke mid 80's

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