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June 24, 20
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Keewatin returns home to Port McNicholl - Bill Bird
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Convoy of ships bringing in Keewatin.  Hundreds of small boats were on the scene as well.
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Leading the way local cruise ship Miss Midland
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followed by search and rescue cutter Cape Hurd
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and then American Girl, the stern tug when needed
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Lead tug Wendy Anne
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Wendy Anne and Keewatin
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Keewatin with bunting and flying her various flags over the years.
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Members of Keewatin crew acknowledging one of many salutes
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Stern view    
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another view
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This high speed police boat, belonging to Cape Hurd chased away small boats that got too close
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A helicopter buzzed Keewatin many times-apparently filming a documentary
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wide view of the crowd at Port McNicholl awaiting Keewatin's arrival.
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As Keewatin approached her berth, tugs spun her around
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getting close
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bow secure
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secure back aft
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Gil Blutrich the man behind a 1.7 billion dollar re-development of Port McNicholl financed Keewatin's move and rings the ship's bell.
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Eric Conroy, a former waiter on Keewatin was project manager for the tow.  He pointed out money to refurbish the ship will be done through private donations and corporate sponsorships.
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One last look at one of a kind.   

2012 International Tug Race Detroit River - Ron Piskor
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J.W. Westcott II in the foreground pours on the power as the race fleet approaches the starting line.
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Josephine clear of the starting line heading toward the Ambassador Bridge.
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Mailboat Joseph J. Hogan powered up.
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Joseph Hogan slams into a river roller.
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J.W. Westcott II surfs down a river wave under the Ambassador Bridge.
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Tugs R&R, Jesse T and Dyker Lass above the Ambassador Bridge.
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Tug Phoebe running along the Windsor Ontario seawall.
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Mailboats Joseph J. Hogan and J.W. Westcott fight through the river surf along the Windsor seawall.
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Tug R&R makes a pass by downtown Detroit after crossing the finish line with the cruiseship Yorktown in the background.
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The crew on the Tug R&R braces as they encounter a monster wave on their port side.
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Joseph J. Hogan takes one over the bow.
       

Tug boat race 2012 -  Ken Borg
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Tug boat race 2012 - John van der Doe
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PT-728 arrived in Buffalo Saturday afternoon from Medina - Brian W.
They are staying the night at the Erie Basin & departing for Cleveland tomorrow morning if the weather holds out.
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While waiting fort the PT boat to arrive from Medina, Amtrak train 64, the Maple Leaf passed over the CSX (New York Central) lift bridge on the Eire Canal at Tonawanda.
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 I noticed an interesting detail under the CSX bridge. This shot shows the shock absorber that kept the draw span from slamming into the South bridge abutment when lowering the bridge.
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 PT-728 has arrived and is starting into the draw at the CSX bridge. This structure dates from 1918 & was originally powered by steam.
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Now clear of the draw bridge at Tonawanda, the boat heads East down the reach of the canal for the Niagara River.
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PT-728 is heading down the Black Rock Canal, just above the Peace Bridge.
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Arriving at the Erie Basin in Buffalo, PT-728 ties up @ the fuel dock.
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Detail of the shark nose on the bow.
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Bow mounted .50 Cal Browning machine gun.
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Starboard mounted Twin 50's.
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Aft 20 MM gun.
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Moving ahead from the Fuel Dock at the Erie Basin, the boat is tied up for the evening. They were due to depart on the morning of the 24th if the weather held out.
       


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