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March 26, 20

Cuyahoga in Alpena Sunday - Ben & Chanda McClain
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Cuyahoga by the lighthouse
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Unloading salt
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Ojibway at South Chicago on Sunday - Lou Gerard
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Ojibway passing under the J bridge approaching 92nd St.
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Passing through 95th St.
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Passing the CSL Laurentien as she loads at KCBX.
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Coming up to 106th St.
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Going into the turning basin at 124th St.
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Almost turned she will head back north to the Nidera Elevator at 117th St.

Seaway -
 Ron Beaupre
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Robinson Bay guides barge BPL 6704 into Iroquois Lock.
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Harbour First passing Mariatown.
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USCG Thunder Bay passing Mariatown.
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She is returning to the East Coast.

First Saltie at Hamilton - John McCreery
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Federal Welland at U.S. Steel Canada - First saltie of the season to arrive in Hamilton.
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Another view.

Algoma Enterprise passing Cheboygan -
Dianne Donati
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Soo Locks opening on Saturday -
USACE Detroit District
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Mesabi Miner opens the 2012 season Saturday afternoon as the first commercial transit.
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Good crowd in the viewing stands
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Entering the Poe Lock
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Miner was the first commercial traffic but most years Coast Guard vessels are the first through as they lock through to break out harbors and bays of Lake Superior.
USCG Neah Bay in the Poe Lock, March 23
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USCG Mackinaw approaches the Poe Lock in low lying fog March 20.
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Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley breaks through some light ice in the Poe Lock, March 16.
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The first transit of 2012

Soo Locks Weekend -
Lee Rowe
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First boat through the locks, Mesabi Miner
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John G Munson, second downbounder
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Stewart J Cort, first upbound boat
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 Lee A Tregurtha upbound meets fleetmate Mesabi Miner downbound.
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John G Munson meeting the Paul R Tregurtha
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CSL Assiniboine
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Sunday the  Arthur M Anderson above the locks in fog.
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Philip R Clarke at Mission Point in fog.
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 Anglian Lady and barge PML2501
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American Spirit above the locks.
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 Presque Isle at Mission Point

Soo -
David Kaye
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Mesabi Miner down at Mission Point
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Lee A Tregurtha entering the Soo locks
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Burns Harbor passing under the Mackinac Bridge, headed for the St. Marys River.

Neah Bay at the Algonac State Park on Saturday morning - Don Detloff
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John B Aird dry docking Saturday - Paul Beesley
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John B Aird ready to move across the canal into the drydock.  Molly M 1 at the bow, Seahound at the starboard quarter and Lac Manitoba at the port quarter.
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Molly M 1 clutching in; painted over the winter to Nadro livery from McKeil's.
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Lac Manitoba with power on to pull the stern over.  The weir at Lock 1 was closed to allow the water level to rise in the reach between Locks 1 & 2.
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A closer view of the Manitoba.  As the operation started so did the rain and wind.
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 Part way across.  The Aird had no engines but she did have her bow thruster available.  However, at this light draft the thruster had very little effect.
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The Seahound on the stbd quarter.  This is a finely tuned manoeuvre with the tug Captains, Aird Captain, deck crews on all vessels and dock crew playing essential parts.
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Nearly in position in the drydock.  On the right, amongst the supports for the crane can be seen part of the English River, still in the drydock.
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 Closer view of the Aird in position.  All they need to do is ensure she is over the blocks and pump the dock down.

John B Aird dry docking Saturday - Alex Howard
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John B. Aird was placed into shallow dry dock Saturday afternoon with assistance from Seahound and Molly M1.
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Montreal - Rene Beauchamp
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HMCS Athabaskan arriving in Montreal on Friday. The vessel spent about 24 hours in Montreal departing on Saturday for Port Weller for a refit.
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She was assisted by Ocean Serge Genois and Ocean Georgie Bain. This is her second refit at that shipyard, the first one was in 1997. A previous navy ship with the same name transited in 1959.
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First 3 ships in the Seaway on opening day, March 22.  Pineglen.
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Tug Ocean Golf.
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Saltie Harbour Legend
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Arubaborg upbound on the St. Lawrence River last year in April. Saturday she was anchored at Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montreal, she is scheduled to depart for Sault Ste. Marie.

Opening Day on the Welland Canal - Philip Nash
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Peter R. Cresswell at the South Wall of Lock 1 heading to Bowmanville, Ontario to load cement clinker.
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 USCG Thunder Bay in Lock 3 proceeding to Toronto, Ontario.
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Top view of the "Abandon Ship Locker" on the Thunder Bay.
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CCGS Griffon entering Lock 3 with the USCG Thunder Bay.
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 CCGS Griffon lowered in Lock 3.
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CCGS Griffon and their Work boat working on a navigational buoy between Lock 3 and Lock 2.
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Griffon's Work boat alongside the green navigation buoy on the right side of the boat.
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Mississagi upbound between Lock 2 and Lock 3.
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Bow shot of the Mississagi.
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Mississagi passing under the Garden City Skyway in St. Catharines, Ontario approaching Lock 3.
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Cuyahoga outbound Port Colborne, Ontario passing between the Algowood and CSL Assiniboine.
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Cuyahoga passing by the James Norris and former fleet mate the Maumee at IMS.
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Algowood at Wharf 17  in Port Colborne.
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Bow thruster of the Algowood.
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One of the bollards pulled partially out of the ground when the CSL Assiniboine broke loose during a storm with high winds earlier in March.
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Salt pile at Wharf 18 in Port Colborne.
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James Norris and Maumee at IMS in Port Colborne. Algowood 's stern is on the left and CSL Assiniboine on the right.
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CSL Assiniboine at Wharf 18-1 in Port Colborne preparing to depart for the season.
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Algoma Enterprise (former Canadian Enterprise) at Wharf 12, Stone dock in Port Colborne.
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Departing Wharf 12 at sunset.
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Proceeding upbound for Windsor, Ontario. Behind the Enterprise is the Algosteel at Wharf 12 as well for lay-up.
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Bow shot of the Algosteel at Wharf 12 at sunset.

Seaway -
Dave Bessant
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Harbour Leader entering the lock at Beauharnois, upbound
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Kathryn Spirit being taken apart slowly at St Pierre recycling, you can see the cutting crane at her superstructure now
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Harbour Leader used to be Clipper Leader
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Heading under Harbour Leader into the tunnel
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Part of the new Highway 30 being built over the locks at Beauharnois
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Algocanada in the distance upbound at Lancaster, Ontario
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Harbour Leader entering the lock at Iroquois the following day, Saturday morning

John G. Munson at the Lower Harbor in Marquette - Rod Burdick
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Unloading the first coal cargo of the season at the Shiras Dock

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