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Keewatin tow from Saugatuck to Mackinaw City. May 30 - June 6, 20

Keewatin tow - St. James Marine
Tug Wendy Anne is towing the historical vessel Keewatin back to its home port in Canada.  The vessel is a 1905 luxury steam ship, the only one left like it. St. James Marine is a US Coast Gurard and ABS inspected towing company that provides towing and freight needs on the Great Lakes. The S.S. Keewatin was towed from Saugatuck to Mackinaw City where she will remain for 10 days before the trip to her new home, Port McNicoll, Ontario. More photos and video are posted at and will be updated during the second leg of the tow to Port McNicoll.
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Photo from aboard the tug American Girl. - Mike Collins
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Tug Wendy Anne towing just past Frankfort. Newly refinished assisting vessel American Girl  alongside. - Jeff Cashman
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Wendy Anne towing the SS Keewatin past the Sleeping Bear Dunes. - Jeff Cashman
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Past Grays Reef Lighthouse. Tug American Girl in foreground. - Jeff Powers
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Under the Mackinaw Bridge. - Mike Collins
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Aboard the American Girl.
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Under the Mackinaw Bridge - Mike Collins
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Tug Wendy Anne and Keewatin at Mackinaw City. - Wendy Fogg.
Keewatin arriving at Mackinaw City June 6 - Richard Weiss
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Sun set over Keewatin's first night at Mackiaw City. 
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 I came back around 11 p.m. for some night photos and there is still some twilight in the sky. If you look closely you will see the stars are a little streaked, this is a testimony to just how long these exposures were.
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Keewatin Tow in Mackinaw City - Terry Pepper
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Passing the Old Mackinac Point Light
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Keewatin Tow arriving - Bob Campbell
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Keewatin tow - EM
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Tug Wendy Anne towing Keewatin
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White Shoals in the background
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Keewatin Tow - Michael Cunningham
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Keewatin tow - LVG and J. Powers
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Keewatin and Wendy Anne passing Grays Reef lighthouse.
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Passing White Shoals lighthouse and turning East for the bridge.
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Cisco photographing Keewatin tow.
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Keewatin tow as it reaches the Straights of Mackinac -Tom Bublitz
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From the scenic turn-out on US-2, east of St. Ignace
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Mackinac Bridge, taken from mid-span of the bridge. 

Keewatin in Mackinaw City - Dianne Donati
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Keewatin tow, Monday, Saugatuck, Mich. - Roger LeLievre

With the tug Matt Allen on the stern and Carol Ann on the bow, the tow departed the Kalamazoo River for Lake Michigan around 11 a.m. Outside of the piers, the tow was handed over to the tug Wendy Anne for the journey up the lake, with the tug American Girl accompanying. Several dozen well-wishers showed up, starting at 9 a.m., to watch her leave.
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Matt Allen movies into position.
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American Girl leaves to wait for the tow outside the piers.
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Wendy Anne follows.
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Towline goes aboard the Matt Allen.
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And they're away!
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Matt Allen working up speed.
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The Kee's iconic stack moves past.
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Slowed down in the mud.
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Tugs stirred up a lot of river bottom.
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Headed for the lake.
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At the mouth of the river.
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Tug Carol Ann.
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Photographers record Keewatin passing the pier heads.
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Free of the river.
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Wendy Anne stands by to relieve the Carol Ann.
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The tow begins.
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Last look.

Keewatin and tugs Wendy Anne and American Girl just inside the Saugatuck channel Sunday morning -
Marc Vander Meulen
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Saugatuck Sunday -
Matt Miner
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Tug Reiss still anchored off shore.
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Keewatin lifeboats in the parking lot.
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All the lifeboat bottoms are rotted out.
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The City of Saugatuck II passing the Keewatin.
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Stern view with the work barge along side.
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A view through the trees.
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Close up of the pilothouse.
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Close up of the stack.
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Work continues on the freight doors.
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The summer home that was built 1956 from the old lighthouse's wood that was destroyed by a tornado earlier that year.
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Looking up the old river mouth into what is now Ox Bow Lake. The summer home can be seen on the left.
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Remains of the old piers sticking out in to Lake Michigan.

Keewatin in Saugatuck, Sunday - Roger LeLievre
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Docked on the Kalamazoo River, seen from the tour boat Star of Saugatuck.
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Stern view
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Another stern view
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Beaver Island-based tugs American Girl and Wendy Anne docked ahead of the Keewatin.
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King tugs have the weekend off.

Keewatin at the mouth of the Kalamazoo River Sunday - Bob VandeVusse
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 Keewatin with tugs American Girl and Wendy Anne.
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View of Keewatin from aft.
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Stern shows a list to port.

Keewatin Tow May 30-31  - Brian Bluekamp
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Keewatin Tow Thursday - Dave Wobser
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Keewatin looking proud and ready to go
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Stern view
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Bigger tug Matt Allen arrives in town
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King Co. tugs Matt Allen and Carol Ann getting organized
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The stern-first tow begins
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Stern end is out of the slip
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Lined up in the new channel
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Persistent rain did not hold down the spectator crowd
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Passing a private marina
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Saugatuck Twp. Fire Dept. fire boat helping with security perimeter
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Making her way toward the turning basin
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Getting ready to spin her for the balance of the tow down the river
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Life boats left behind for good reason.

Keewatin being pulled out by the stern in the Kalamazoo River at Saugatuck - Bill Van Appledorn
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 Pulling is the tug Matt Allen, with the tug Carol Ann guiding the bow.
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Keewatin move Wednesday - Richard Jenkins
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Night shot the evening before the planned departure
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Keewatin with her bow swung away from her old berth, and a slight list to starboard. Water ballast in giant plastic bags on her cargo deck was used to trim the ship down by the bow to bring up her stern and reduce her draft.
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Tug Carol Anne pulling on the Keewatin's stern.
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A large crowd gathered to watch as Keewatin's stern is swung out.
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Keewatin's first passengers in over 4 decades got a very short ride today.
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One final attempt to swing the Keewatin's bow.  This is about as far as she got today.
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The tugs have gone home for the day, and Keewatin's ballast has been adjusted to bring her back on an even keel.

Keewatin move Wednesday - Richard Weiss
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Village of Douglas, saying good bye to the Keewatin. The Mayor of Douglas read a proclamation to Mr Peterson Thanks, Georgia Bradley
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Keewatin from Platte Bay - Dan Bradshaw
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