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September 19, 20
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Cleveland Sunday - Rick Nicholls
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Manistee in old river departing salt dock.
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Pioneerland near Burke Airport
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Nautica Queen
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Mckee Sons unloading near W3 Street
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Welland Canal Saturday -
Roger LeLievre
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Algocanada leaving Lock 2
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Algoeast in Lock 7
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Algomarine
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Fashionable BoatNerd Jack
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Canadian Leader at the IMS scrapyard
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Tug Molly M 1 astern of Algoma Discovery above Lock 1

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Orsula
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Orsula and J.W. Shelley passing.
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J.W. Shelley clear of Lock 8.
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Tug Techno St. Laurent at the IMS scrapyard.
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Remains of the Windoc. When scrapping is complete, Canadian Leader will be moved to this spot and Maumee will be brought over from Cleveland.
   

Shelley Salute - Bill Bird
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 Noon hour Saturday as the Shelley departs Lock 8 and had a salute for all the boatnerds.
       

Detroit Traffic - Mike Nicholls
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Orsula (Marshall Islands) downbound off Fort Wayne.
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Presque Isle unloading in the Zug Island Ore Hopper Dock.
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J W Westcott II delivering mail to the Presque Isle.
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Niagara Prince at Bishop Park in Wyandotte.
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Blue Moon downbound on the St. Clair River Saturday - Don French
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Blue Moon 198' downbound at Algonac State Park.
       

Marquette Saturday
- Lee Rowe
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Kaye E Barker and Algosoo bows.
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Kaye E Barker at the dock
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Algosoo on the north side of the dock
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Adam E Cornelius arrived with a load for the lower harbor.
 

Seaway -
Jim Scrimger
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CSL Niagara under Johnstown Bridge.
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CSL Niagara,BBC Jade and an undeterred fisherma
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Heloise and BBC Jade passing  just east of Johnstown bridge.
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Algocanada.
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BBC Jade,Prescott.
     

Buffalo dredging -
Brian W.
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The Leudtke #10 dredge rig was positioned just below the South Park Ave. Lift Bridge. In the reach below the scow you can see the remains of the old DL&W Buffalo River Draw bridge.
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Tug Ann Marie downbound on the Buffalo River, below the CSX CP Draw bridge. The bridge has just closed behind them and they are maneuvering to line up for the CSX River Bridge (CP-1).
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Ann Marie pushing her dump scow ahead in the reach between the bridges.
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The tender at River Bridge has it raised about half way for the passage of the Ann Marie and her scow.
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The tug is powering up for the transit through the draw.
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The tug & scow entering the draw at River Bridge as they head downbound for the Outer Harbor.
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Ann Marie when she was named Apache and owned locally by Dawes Towing. She was laid up in the Union Ship Canal for awhile back in the mid-90's.
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 Apache as seen in the Union Ship Canal at Lackawanna.
   
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Tug Ann Marie easing her dump scow into the turn just above the old Republic Steel Ore Dock on the Buffalo River and lining up for the next reach to the dredge rig.
 
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Ann Marie sliding her scow through the pilings of the old DL&W RR Buffalo River Draw bridge. The property in the background was once home to the Republic Steel plant, torn down in 1989.
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Overview of the reach between Buffalo River Draw and South Park Ave. Shots of large vessels in this area are somewhat rare since this part of the creek doesn't see much traffic.
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The tug has dropped her empty scow and is shifting to pick up the loaded one and take it away as the dredge rig is starting to work the empty.
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Ann Marie is now departing the dredge site with her loaded scow and is lined up to pass through the draw at the DL&W bridge.
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Overhead view of the tug as she passes through the pilings of Buffalo River Draw.
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The pair have made it through the bridge and are maneuvering to Port towards Turning Basin #2, while headed down river for the Outer Harbor.
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A detail view of part of the old interlocking mechanism for the electrical leads of the old draw span at the DL& W bridge. 
   

Manitowoc in Lake Huron passing Bois Blanc Island Sunday -
Dianne Donati
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St. Clair River Saturday -
Dawn Roberts
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 McKee Sons
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Frontenac
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 Algosteel
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Assiniboine
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Pineglen
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Saginaw
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Karen Andrie
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Capt. Henry Jackman
   

Welland Canal Friday
- John McCreery
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BBC Jade at Port Colborne
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Canadian Transport passing the Algoma Transfer
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Tanker Ganges Star approaching Lock 8 upbound
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Stern view entering Lock 8
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Pilot boat J W Cooper comes out for the Star
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Waiting to head for the port side of the Ganges Star
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 Stern view heading out to Lake Erie
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Federal Kumano downbound toward lock 8
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Stern view
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Endeavour waits for the Kumano which is held up at 8 because she is overdraft
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Algoma Transfer in temporary layup at the stone dock
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Mapleglen upbound at Port Robinson
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BBC Jade above lock 7
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Stern view downbound into lock 7
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Algomarine approaching the Homer bridge

Canadian Miner Tow Down the St Lawrence River -
Paul Beesley
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Former Canadian Miner has final work done on her before being towed to Turkey to be scrapped.  Sadly, my camera was not set up correctly so the photos are not the best.  However, you will get some idea of the condition of the ship.
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Port Colborne fairleads were removed to be used on another ship.
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Notice the two horizontal white strips above the water line.  I suspect they have been put there to allow the tug crew to notice drastic changes in draft during the tow.
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The tow-er, Hellas.  There were always 2 pilots on board the Hellas.
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View of the Hellas' tow hook and after deck.
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 Stern tug, Vigilant I.  Notice the gangway and how steep it is.  This section of dock is very high.  We had 1 pilot for the first two sections, then two for the final run.  Tides in the lower St Lawrence are huge and greatly affect the speed of any ship in the area.  With the ebb tide we did over 10 knots, with the flood we were down to about 2 knots.
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A particularly poor shot that shows the lifeboats strapped down for the crossing.
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 All the hatches were dogged down and bolts were run through each corner.  As well, foam was placed on the bearing surface to ensure watertight integrity.
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 Looking aft on the Miner.
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The hatch cover crane was welded to prevent movement.
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Vent covers were dogged and welded.
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All openings were welded shut.
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Looking forward.
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Sounding pipes were also welded closed.
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What we saw from the Vigilant I from Montreal to Ile aux Coudres below Quebec City.  The stern anchor, its chain and windlass were all removed for future use on another ship.  Rudder and propeller shaft  were locked.  On the starboard side above the name you can see the emergency tow line.  It is loosely secured all the way to the bow.  In case the main line parts the tug can recover a buoy and line that floats astern (the orange line leading to the Vigilant) and is attached to the emergency tow line.  It will part from the hull with minimal tension until it gets to the bow of the Miner.

Historical Perspective -
Cassarate in the Welland Canal in 1968 - John van der Doe
Cassarate-Wellandcanal.jpg (135987 bytes) The ship caused a stir at Cleveland on November 8, 1968 when it was caught by a gust of wind approaching Dock #6 and rammed the west face of the structure smashing the steel bulk heading and a 15 foot portion of pavement collapsed leaving a huge hole.  Only minor damage to the ship.  It was sold and renamed African Coral in 1980, Baru Trust in 1982 and arrived at Bombay, India, for scrapping on April 1, 1986.
Skip Gillham
     


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