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St. Clair River Friday -  Kevin D. Majewski 
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Tim S. Dool,  bow-on view
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Downbound at St. Clair
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 Algoma Progress downbound just above Marine City
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 American Integrity unloading at the St. Clair Power Plant
 

Recent Seaway - Dave Bessant
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Isolda downbound at Brockville on Tuesday
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Pineglen upbound at Brockville
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Shamrock Jupiter also at Brockville on Wednesday
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Atlantic Erie up through the Brockville Narrows at Fernbank on Thursday morning
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 Algoma Quebecois at Iroquois in the afternoon
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The mother osprey boatnerd with Algoma Quebecois passing right behind her
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Osprey Boatnerd up close
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Algoma Quebecois heading out in the fog towards Morrisburg
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Jo Spirit close behind
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spare prop blades

Hamilton, Friday - John van der Doe
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BBC Hawaii passing Mariatown - Ron Beaupre
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 She is taking the windmills to Ogdensburg. Formerly Beluga Evaluation. First trip in Seaway.
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Recent Welland Canal Photos - Paul Beesley
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Tanker Miramis below Lock 2.
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Another tanker, Shamrock Jupiter, above Lock 3.
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Crew on the Jupiter work on the manifold.
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Lake Ontario slides out of Lock 2.
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Glendale bridge.
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Out of service, well-worn fenders above Lock 2.
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Algosteel in Port Weller drydock.  HMCS Algonquin beside her in the deep dock.
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Federal Schelde above Lock 2.
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Ojibway above Lock 1.
 

Working on board CCGS Samuel Risley - Paul Beesley
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CCGS Samuel Risley anchored off the work area.  She is flying the round, black shape from her foremast to indicate she is anchored.  In this case she had 6 shots of chain out; that's 450 feet or 162 metres.
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There are many areas where the water is too shallow for the ship to get to.  When that happens one of her 3 shallow-draft small craft are used to carry out the work.  The Sp (self-propelled) Barge being launched.  This craft is 26 feet long, weighs 7 tons, has two lifting winches with a 2500 lb capacity and a power-take-off to drive them and Zed-drive.  It also has a top speed of 6 knots.
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This dock has just been put together by the crew.  It's plastic and replaces a much heavier wooden dock.  The ramp that joins the dock to the shore is still in the barge waiting to be unloaded and installed.
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In this photo the barge crew are placing the concrete anchors that hold the ends of the dock in place.  Normally the barge has a crew of 3.  In this case we carried extra for the wharf construction and material unloading.
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Gereaux lighthouse.  We were building the dock here for the IRB base.   IRB is Inshore Rescue Boat; they are staffed all summer and handle much of the Search and Rescue work concerning power boats and other small craft.  The lighthouse is not manned and the IRB crew live in a separate house.
 
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Two of the small craft at the dock as furniture is unloaded and carried up to the IRB station.  The smaller craft, a Zodiac 590,  is also used to service shallow-water buoys but with its twin outboards it can move at over 20 knots.  Gets you there much faster but windchill becomes an issue on long rides.  It gets very wet if there is any wind kicking up the lake.
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 Some of the buoys and anchor stones on deck of the Risley.  These are steel two-foot buoys.  Sometimes lights are placed on top to make them visible in the dark.  Also, the letters, numbers and stripes that are stuck on when the buoy is launched are retro-reflective so they are easier to see with searchlights and flashlights.
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 Bag-o-chain.  This bag contains 5  90 foot lengths of 1/2" chain.  Many of the steel buoys require 90 feet (one shot) of chain because of the water depth.  The steel buoys usually take 3/4" chain.  These chains are cut to fit; each buoy has a specific length of chain determined by the water depth and 'on-position-radius' of the buoy.
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Some of the newer lights that are now being installed on buoys by the Canadian Coast Guard.  These are pre-programmed to show the proper light by technicians at the CG base.  Each light is marked to ensure it is attached to the correct buoy.  The small lamp goes on the ORT buoys (Ottawa River Buoy made of plastic) which are smaller than the steel buoys.  The lamps are coupled to Kamlock fittings in the storage space and on most of the buoys.  This makes for easy installation.
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SART & Emergency Radio on board the Risley.  There is a container at each liferaft station on board.  These are required to be carried.  A Search and Rescue Transponder (SART) is a self contained, waterproof
radar transponder intended for emergency use at sea. The radar-SART is used to locate a survival craft or distressed vessel by creating a series of dots on a rescuing ship's radar display. A SART will only respond to a 9 GHz X-band (3 cm wavelength) radar.
 
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A weather buoy bound for Northern Georgian Bay.  These buoys come in various sizes and are found around the world. Each buoy sends weather and sea-state conditions via satellite to various weather organizations, such as Environment Canada and NOAA.  The information is used to help with weather forecasts.
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The Zodiac 590.  It seats 3, two side by side aft of the operator.  The navigation equipment and the VHF radio are in the plastic topped consoles aft of the operator's position.
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Finally, the working section of the Chief Officer's cabin.  Not much time is spent here, especially when the Risley is involved in buoy programs.  During the 28 days that B crew was on board they serviced over 500 buoys.  This included placing major navigation buoys, replacing winter buoys with summer buoys, adding lights, checking positions and repositioning buoys that had been dragged off position by wind and ice and placing new buoys where some others had simply disappeared.  Oh yes, it also involved checking out a whistle buoy found on a beach; turns out the buoy had been in this remote location since the early part of the 20th century.  Peacefully rusting away.
   

Recent Upper Harbor Activity in Marquette - Rod Burdick 
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Michipicoten backing away from the ore dock
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 Lee A. Tregurtha loading ore
     


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