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May 10, 20
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Tug Ken Boothe Sr. and barge Lakes Contender at the Soo on the return portion of its maiden voyage - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  - Michelle Hill
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 Lakes Contender/Ken Boothe Sr. waiting above the International Bridge for the Poe Lock Wednesday afternoon.
 
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A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers line handler carries the lines as the vessel enters the Poe Lock.
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A close up view of where the two vessels join.
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 Stern view of the tug and barge.
 

Great Republic arriving in Munising Wednesday -
Lee Rowe
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She has to turn in the harbor and move in sideways to the coal dock.
   

Calumet in Buffalo
- Brian W.
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Calumet as seen looking down the reach of the City Ship Canal alongside the Sand Supply Co. landing with the Buffalo Skyway Bridge in the far background.
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Sand is being discharged onto the pile in this shot overlooking the deck at about amidships.
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Close up of the rear superstructure with her oversized stacks and unusual pilothouse that seems to be part of the supporting framework of the unloading rig.
   

St. Clair River
- Don Detloff
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Michipicoten at Algonac State Park on Wednesday.
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Algomarine Tuesday
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Invincible & McKee Sons.
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Mississagi
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Algoma Mariner at Marine City on Monday.

Seaway - Murray Blancher
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Fairchem Steed down at Iroquois
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Algonova at the Iroquois Lock
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Algoma Guardian down at Cardinal
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Federal Nakagawa up in haze at Crossover
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Emilie secured at Port of Oshawa
     

Marquette, Mich. - Lee Rowe
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Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder loading in Marquette on Monday.
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Lee A Tregurtha at the dock in fog.
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A new sign celebrating the ore docks centennial.
   

Emilie in Oshawa harbor Tuesday - Lorraine Morrill
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Work on Board CCGS Samuel Risley - Paul Beesley
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A green buoy can be seen to the right of the ship.  We are ready to pick it up.
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The "Happy Hooker", an explanation for which will be found at the bottom of this page, is ready to do its stuff.
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 The line has been run through the lifting lug on the buoy and the attached web sling has been run through and is being hooked on for lifting.
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The buoy is clear of the water and its chain is in the chain stopper where it can be safely worked on while the Captain holds the ship in position.
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Some days it is easier to lift the barge on board from aft and place it on the aft deck.  Here it can be fuelled/serviced.  The cage underneath the barge is to protect the prop and azimuthal unit from rocks.
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Securing a lantern on an ORT buoy.
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  In one of the narrow channels in Southern Georgian Bay we found these red and green ORT buoys tangled up.  We lifted one and its anchor, the second mooring came up with it.  The moorings had to be disentangled.
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Once the moorings are disentangled the chains are inspected and, in this case, replaced because of wear.  Then the buoys have their IDs renewed and they are replaced on their advertised position.
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This is why we replaced the chain.  This section of chain is typically the first few feet where the chain first touches the bottom.  As the buoy moves with the wind, ice and currents this section of chain gets the most motion across the bottom and therefore the most wear.
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 A two foot steel buoy getting a new mooring.  A chain nipper is placed around the buoy and dropped all the way down to the mooring chain.  This nipper is then lifted and it tips the buoy and exposes the mooring chain.  This buoy has some rust just under the lifting lugs; caused by moving ice wearing the paint off over successive winters.  It also has a bit of growth on it, mostly zebra mussels.
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 Working in the small boat attaching ID stickers to an ORT plastic buoy.  Even this little chop on the water makes these buoys dance and hard to control while working on them.
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 R&R in mid-afternoon.  This dock has two very large anchors attached to it yet it was moved by the ice over the winter.
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An ORT buoy that has suffered from ice damage.  The buoy is filled with foam to provide flotation.  Hanging under the buoy is a yellow-appearing thing which is actually a concrete counterweight to keep the buoy floating upright.  With nothing attached to the buoys they float nearly horizontal.
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Home again.  The Risley is anchored but because of the design above water she tends to swing on her anchor a lot.  The barge operator can watch this swing and approach when the ship has swung far enough to present its port side to the wind and sea thereby providing a lee, and a safe landing,  on the starboard side.
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Once alongside all the extraneous materiel is taken out of the barge, then it is hooked up to the #1 hoist and lift level with the deck.  The crew disembarks.
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The barge is then lifted toward its chocks on the boat deck.
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 Placing the barge on the boat deck is the maximum lift/extension allowed for the crane.  The sister ship, CCGS Earl Grey in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has a barge that is 2 feet longer and 1 ton more.  They cannot get their barge onto the boat deck so it is always secured on the after deck.
An explanation of how the Happy Hooker works.  Both Coast Guards call it this.  http://www.seaswiftproducts.com/    

Welland Canal - Paul Beesley
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Ebroborg above Lock 2.  Some of these Borg ships are very small considering they trade world-wide.
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On board the Kaministiqua the back of a store's crane is open for maintenance.
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The Kam slides the wall toward Lock 1.
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In order to give their small ships more protection against the oceans of the world the company builds them with substantial breakwaters ahead of the cargo hatches.
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Repair work on the fly on board the Atlantic Huron.
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As the day draws to a close so does the downbound canal transit of the Huron, seen here approaching Lock 1.
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 Elislax Schulte leaves Lock 2 upbound.
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Signs, signs, everywhere signs...
   

Seaway Morrisburg to Cardinal
- Dave Bessant
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Wicko upbound at Cardinal Saturday morning
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Wicko as she passes through an Opening Day fishing derby
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John D Leitch approaching Mariatown
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Stern view of John D Leitch as she heads downriver
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Algoma Spirit at Morrisburg upbound
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Tecumseh Sunday morning downbound at Maitland
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Algosea with BBC Hawaii behind her at Ogdensburg, unloading windmill parts
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 Closeup of BBC Hawaii where she appears to list to starboard a bit while unloading
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Tim S Dool downbound at Prescott
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Manitoba tied up at the Port of Prescott
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Florence M comes out from behind the elevators
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BBC Hawaii from the port, she appears to be all leveled out now
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WN Twolan with a barge full of corn it seems, and Florence M in the background with Tim S Dool too
   

Windsor to Quebec City - Captain Clarence Vautier
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Federal Asahi, Navios Hios, Cap Pierre, all at Quebec City
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Tecumseh at Windsor
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Tecumseh at Port Colborne.

Hon. James L. Oberstar at the Upper Harbor in Marquette - Rod Burdick
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Bow view, loading ore
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Backing away from the ore dock
     

Lake Huron passing Cheboygan, Mich. - Dianne Donati
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Historical Perspective - Red Wing in the 1960's, photographer unknown. (From the Martin Collection.)
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