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January 11, 20
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Michipicoten arriving at Toledo Tuesday - Jim Hoffman
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Michipicoten upbound Maumee River Toledo, Ohio from the Hi Level Bridge bound for the Kuhlman Dock to unload grain.
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 Wide angle view of the Michipicoten passing the Col. James M. Schoonmaker.
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Algoma Progress finished unloading salt at the Kuhlman Dock and is downbound Maumee River
under tow of the tugs Nebraska on the bow and Mississippi on the stern from the Craig Bridge.
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Closeup view of the Algoma Progress
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Stern view of Algoma Progress tow with the tug Mississippi on the stern and the Nebraska
on the bow downbound Maumee River.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
- Scott Best
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Approaching the Sturgeon Bay Ship canal entrance on a 45 degree day.
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Stern view going into the ship canal with Sturgeon Bay Coast Guard Station and Lighthouse.
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Approaching the Highway 57 Bayview Bridge.
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Passing through Oregon-Maple enroute to her slip for winter lay-up.
 

Point Edward/Sarnia -
Marc Dease
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CCGC Samual Risley at the government dock.
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Capt. Henry Jackman arrives for the winter.
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Manitowoc downbound at 1 & 2.
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Buffalo heads into Lake Huron.
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Kaye E. Barker downbound above the buoy's.
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Making the turn.
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Herbert C. Jackson making the turn at 1 & 2.
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USCGC Mackinaw upbound at Point Edward.
 
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Ojibway downbound at 1 & 2.
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John G. Munson heads into Lake Huron.
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Adam E. Cornelius making the turn at 1 & 2.
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Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin heading into Lake Huron.
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Tug Samuel de Champlain with the barge Innovation below 1 & 2.
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Calumet making the turn at 1 & 2.
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Mesabi Miner downbound at 1 & 2.

Toledo Docks -
Steve Feher
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Tug Invincible at #4 P.I dock for winter lay-up
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 American Fortitude and Valor
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 Sam Laud at Torco Dock for lay-up

Marquette, Mich. -
Lee Rowe
Monday the Olive Moore and Lewis J Kuber loading ore while the Paul R Tregurtha unloaded coal and the Kaye E Barker waited in the harbor.
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Kaye E Barker waiting her turn at the dock.
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Visible past the stern of the Paul R Tregurtha unloading coal.
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Paul R Tregurtha unloading coal.
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The Lewis J Kuber loading while the Kaye E Barker waited.
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Pilot house of the Olive Moore
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Olive Moore.
     

Kaye E Barker in Marquette, Mich. loading ore at sunrise Tuesday morning -
Danielle Adams
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Tug Olive L. Moore and Barge Lewis J. Kuber at the Upper Harbor in Marquette
- Rod Burdick
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Waiting to load ore - first trip after 5 year survey and repainting
       

Historical perspectives - April 1996 Ice jam on St. Clair River -
Paul Beesley
On April 18, 1996 the St Clair river was jammed with ice and icebreakers from both sides of the border were called in to help.  These photos, from anonymous, show the Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers in action during this period.  Quotes are from Peggy Walsh-Sarnecki of the Port Huron Times Herald.
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"The cavalry has arrived on the ice-bound St Clair River."  CCGS Griffon below the Bluewater bridge.   The Griffon is 234 feet long with two props and 5,336 bhp.
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 "Three of the largest ice breakers on the Great Lakes are at work:  US Coast Guard's Mackinaw, 290 feet, and the 140-foot Neah Bay, plus the 325-foot Canadian Pierre Radisson." 
CCGS Pierre Radisson amidst the ice.  She still has her helicopter on the flight deck to provide ice reconnaissance flights. 
Pierre Radisson is 322 feet long with two props and 17,700 bhp.
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"Their task:  to clear paths for the growing number of freighters stacked up in Lakes Huron and St Clair." 
CCGS Samuel Risley in heavy ice. 
The Risley is 229 feet long with two props and 7,590 bhp.
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 "Canadian Coast Guard cutters Griffon and Risley, along with Radisson, were escorting the Federal Fraser upbound in the St Clair River this morning.  Between 15 and 17 freighters are waiting to come up the river." 
The three CCG ships assisting the Federal Fraser.  (note:  in the CCG the proper nomenclature is Ships.) 
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"Also on the river:  The buoytender Bramble remains tied up in Algonac today. available for ferry duties if ice closes the Harsens Island ferry.  The ferry is running its regular schedule today."
CCGS Martha L Black in lighter ice conditions. 
Martha L Black, American born, Canadian Member of Parliament representing the Yukon.  She was the 2nd woman ever elected to the Canadian House of Commons. 
The ship is 272 feet long with two props and 8.973 bhp.
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"The ice in Lake Huron - the source of the St Clair River jams - is slowly disappearing." 
Griffon with a load of buoys on deck.  She was obviously taken from her spring buoy program to assist with the ice jam.
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 "This morning, ice stretched about 10 miles up into the lake." 
Pierre Radisson at the Bluewater bridge.  New bridge construction visible in background.
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 "That's better than the 30 to 35 miles of ice last week and 15 to 20 miles earlier this week, but still enough to keep breakers busy for several more days." 
Lee A Tregurtha waits for the Griffon to help her through the ice.
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On April 22 the Times herald reported, "For the first time in at least two weeks, the St Clair River is open to two-way freighter traffic."
Another view of the Fraser convoy. 
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A final view of the Fraser convoy.  "The ice jam is gone, at least for now...All US and Canadian cutters, except the Bristol Bay, have left the river."

Historical perspectives - James Norris -
John G. Mackay
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Capt. Eric Fox on board the Frank A. Sherman his new command, backing out past his last boat the James Norris in Port Colborne harbour in the spring of 1959.
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James Norris downbound in the Welland Canal below lock #3
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James Norris at Sarnia in the mid 1950's.
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