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March 20 - 23, 20

Welland Canal Opening Day - Bill Bird
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Captain Rob Dominaux (left) is skipper and Otto Cooper chief engineer of tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit of the first ship through Welland Canal in ceremonies at Lock 3
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Wilf Seymour & Alouette Spirit departing Lock 3
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close up of tug
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Stern view-headed for Belledune New Brunswick to load zinc concentrate
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passing Cuyahoga which is first upbound ship through the canal.
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Cuyahoga loaded slag in Hamilton and is headed for Windsor
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stern view entering Lock 3
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Peter R Cresswell was first ship through the canal last year.  Seen here headed to Lock 2
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Headed to Bowmanville to load cement clinker.
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Tug Victorious and barge John J Carrick headed to Lock 3.  Was honored as first ship at Port Colborne.
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 Entering the lock

Welland Canal Opening Day -
Paul Beesley
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Cuyahoga, 1st upbound of the 2012 season, approaching Lock 1.
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Cuyahoga raised in Lock 1.
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What's left of the tug Doc Morin.
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Another view of the innards of the Doc Morin.
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 Peter R Cresswell below Lock 2.
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Seahound below Lock 2.
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1st official downbounder, Alouette Spirit & Wilf Seymour.
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Wilf Seymour below Lock 2.
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Mississagi above Lock 1.
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Victorious and John J Carrick below Lock 2.
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Still with flags flying from ceremony in Port Colborne.
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USCGC Thunder Bay heading for her home port on the east coast, below Lock 2.
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CCGS Griffon doing buoy placement / checking on her way downbound.

St. Lambert Lock traffic Thursday - Michel St-Denis
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Harbour First upbound
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Barnacle in St. Lambert Lock, upbound
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Federal Welland, upbound
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St. Lawrence markers replaced - Stephen Trenton
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Tug Robinson Bay lifts marker 159 off the deck
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Marker 159 hits the water in front of Crossover Island
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Tug Performance checking the location

Port Huron -
Roger LeLievre
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Algomarine downbound on Wednesday afternoon.
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John G. Munson arriving in Marquette's lower harbor with coal Wednesday - Lee Rowe
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Buffalo, upbound on St. Clair River Wednesday - Kevin D. Majewski
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Robinson Bay with barge BPL 6704 pick up the winter spar off Ogden Island - Ron Beaupre
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 Robinson Bay sails up the river while Performance shifts the buoy.

Mississagi Departs Hamilton Tuesday - John McCreery
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Mississagi approaches the Burlington Ship Canal
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Emerged from the fog she is the first commercial vessel to leave port and begin the new season
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Closeup of the bow as she passes under the bridges.
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Back into the fog on an otherwise warm sunny afternoon shore side.
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 Manitoba still in layup at Eastport.

Mesabi Miner at the Upper Harbor in Marquette - Rod Burdick
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Departing after unloading the first coal cargo of the season into the hopper.

First salties in the Seaway - Photos Rene Beauchamp
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Two of the first salties expected in the Seaway on opening day March 22 or the day after. Both waiting at the anchorage off Sorel-Tracy on March 18. Harbour First.
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Harbour Legend

Mesabi Miner departing Duluth -  Ed Labernik
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Mesabi Miner is about ready to pass into the Duluth Ship Canal with low sulfur western coal loaded at Superior Midwest Energy Terminal, opening up the 2012 shipping season.
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Crewmembers in the bow of the Miner as the vessel passes through the Duluth Ship Canal with hundreds of spectators waving them on.
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Mesabi Miner in the ship canal and about ready to pass by the North Pier light.
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Inbound Duluth just off the Duluth piers, the Mesabi Miner returns from Marquette as the first entry into the Duluth Harbor for the 2012 season.
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Miner in the Duluth Ship Canal and about to pass under the Aerial lift bridge as about 50  salmon fishermen watch over their shoulders.

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