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July 18, 20

Port Huron weekend traffic - Bruce Hurd
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Algoma Transfer
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St Clair
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J W Shelley
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American Mariner passes Algomarine
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American Mariner off St Clair
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Federal Miramichi
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Federal Ems
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Paul R Tregurtha
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Arthur M Anderson
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Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder
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Joseph H Thompson
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Tug Cleveland and Barge Cleveland Rocks
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CSL Niagara
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Tug Tenacious
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Algoma Discovery

American Mariner in Buffalo Sunday -
Brian W.
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American Mariner heading through the Watson Basin on her way up to General Mills with the Missile Cruiser USS Little Rock in the background.
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Here is a detailed view of the stern superstructure and unloading rig, nicely lit by the evening sun.
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 If stood on end, the Mariner would reach 200 feet higher into the sky than Buffalo's tallest building, the HSBC office tower seen in the background.
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Detail shot of the rudder and stern anchor pocket with the prop turning slowly ahead as the ship transits the Watson Basin and enters the Buffalo Ship Canal.
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Mariner heads down the reach under the Buffalo Skyway Bridge towards the General Mills Frontier Elevator, carefully avoiding the boats tied up along the canal.

Manistee backing out of the Buffalo Ship Canal Sunday - Brian W.
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Backing herself under the Buffalo Skyway Bridge as she departs the City Ship Canal.
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Abeam of the old Connecting Terminal grain elevator and has transitioned out of the canal into the Watson Turning Basin.
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The ship is backing through the Watson Basin and coming alongside the Missile Cruiser USS Little Rock.
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Here we see the stern as the Manistee begins her turn out of the Watson and into the Buffalo River Entrance Channel.
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The bow thruster is giving her a little kick to starboard as the ship maneuvers for the next line up for the reach below the Watson Basin.
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Almost out of the basin and just about lined up for the Entrance Channel, still using the bow thruster, now shoving the bow around to starboard.
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As they head for the Outer Harbor, the ship is now backing into the Buffalo River Entrance Channel, the thruster is checking the swing and lining her up for the center.
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Manistee backs down the river as seen from the forward superstructure of the USS Little Rock. The Admiral of the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean would have occupied the Flag Bridge in the lower right of the photo when the cruiser was in active service with the Navy. 
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Now passing the US Coast Guard Base in Buffalo as she heads towards the Main Light, the Outer Harbor, and a hazy Lake Erie.

Iroquois Lock weekend traffic
- Murray Blancher
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VM S Maionneuve secured at Iroquois
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Songa Topaz down at Iroquois
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Algobay up at Iroquois
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 Federal Sakura up at Iroquois
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 Federal Maas down at Iroquois
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Canadian Provider up at Iroquois
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BBC Portugal down at Iroquois
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Africaborg down at Iroquois

Marquette Sunday -
Danielle Adams
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American Mariner leaving
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Herbert C. Jackson coming into load
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Michipicoten loading on this hot & humid day
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Herbert C. Jackson waiting to load
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Philip R. Clarke anchored just off the Upper Harbor

Great Republic in Green Bay
- Scott Best
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Unloading stone Sunday evening.
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Another view.

Great Republic in Green Bay
-  Wendell Wilke
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Algoma Fleet Mates at the Upper Harbor in Marquette
- Rod Burdick
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Algosoo loading ore with John B. Aird at anchor

Recent Marquette activity -
Luke Archer
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Interlake's Kaye E. Barker unloading stone in the lower harbor.
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 Bow view of the Michipicoten
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Wide view
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Algosoo loading
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Algosoo continues to load while her fleet mate, John B. Aird, waits for the laker to finish.
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Herbert C. Jackson busy loading
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A counterweight from pocket 378 is under repair in the LS&I dock shop.  These boxes are filled with material and go up inside the dock when the chutes drop down.  A simple process that is used daily to fill the ore boats with taconite.  The safety sign is original from the beginning days of the dock.

Welland Canal Saturday -
Jim Windsor
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Cleveland -
Paul Magyar
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St. Clair Inbound Cleveland Harbor with a load of taconite for the Cleveland Bulk Terminal.
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Turning in the in the West Basin.
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Arriving at the CBT Dock.
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Algoma Transfer Inbound Cleveland with stone bound for the CRP dock at W. 3rd. Street. Assistance was provided by the tugs Iowa and California.
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Algoma Transfer about to pass under the Flats Industrial R.R. lift bridge.

Lake Huron passing Bois Blanc Island Sunday -
Dianne Donati
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Saginaw Bay - Ed Cotto
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Algoway inbound at the Confined Disposal Island
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Stern View

Badger at Ludington Thursday evening - 
Lou Gerard
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Badger arriving at Ludington Thursday evening with usual greeting party.
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Starting her turn.
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Turned and starting to back into her slip.
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Almost docked.

Recent Welland Canal -
Paul Beesley
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Gordon C Leitch passes the Algowood above Lock
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The Leitch now flies Algoma's house flag, although the Upper Lakes logo remains on her wheelhouse top.
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 Another view of the Leitch above Lock 1.
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She has already had 3 different logos on her funnel and they can still be seen:  The Misener styleized version from early in her career, Misener's two silver bands, Upper Lakes' diamond. 
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Pineglen approaching Lock 2 downbound.
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Pineglen's anchor pocket and guide.
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Songa Sapphire above Lock 2.  She is registered in the Marshall Islands.  The Marshall Islands Ship Registry is one of the ten largest Open Registries in the world.  Vessels may be owned by a Marshall Islands corporation, LLC, partnership, or a qualified Foreign Maritime Entity.
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Flag of the Marshall Islands.  The term flag of convenience describes the business practice of registering a merchant ship in a sovereign state (flag state) different from that of the ship's owners, and flying that state's civil ensign on the ship.
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On her way to Lock 3.  A ship operates under the laws of its flag state, and these laws are used if the ship is involved in an admiralty case. 

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