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September 12, 20

Motor Yacht Blue Moon on the St. Clair River Tuesday
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At Marine City on Tuesday - Don Detloff
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Downbound to Montreal Tuesday past the Great Lakes Maritime Center Port Huron at 1:45 p.m. - Frank Frisk
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 USS DeWert arrived in Buffalo Tuesday followed by the HMCS Ville De Quebec - Brian W.
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The DeWert arrives at the Pinney Dock in Ashtabula, under tow of the Rhode Island.
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 The New York eases the stern into the wall.
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After loading a Press Embarkment, the DeWert is being towed out of Ashtabula stern first by the New York while the brig USS Niagara waits outside the breakwall to escort us down the lake.
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Tugs heading back to dock.
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The armed guard keeps watch as we ease out onto a beautiful sun lit lake Erie, powering up the main engines & bound for Buffalo. 
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The old & the new. The USS Niagara is seen with a nuclear power plant in the background off the Ohio shore.
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Pulling away from Ashtabula, we leave the sailing ship far behind as the Dewert starts to increase speed.
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The main engines are now being run up to full military power as we toss a huge "Rooster Tail" in our wake.
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This is the rotational base for the old missile launcher. The firing rail was removed & the magazine below was sealed in "as is" condition pending some future use, possibly after a future foreign sale of the ship.
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 A water leak plugging demo was conducted while underway.
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The Navy boarding team prepares a demonstration to take down a suspected pirate gang.
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A sailor plays the roll of a pirate crewmen illegally aboard a fictitious merchant ship.
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There's always 2 ways to surrender, the easy way, or, there's always that "other" way. This tough guy chose the latter & paid the price.
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A fire fighting demo on the flight deck.
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 Firemen rescue an incapacitated "victim".
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The 57 MM Naval Gun with the Buffalo Skyline.
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The Buffalo Fire Boat Edward M Cotter leads the way as the Great Lakes tugs come out the Buffalo South Entrance to bring her in.
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Erie County Sheriff's Air One passing by.
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The Navy armed guards man the 50 Caliber Browning machine gun.
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Marines man the rail with the 40 MM saluting cannon in the way into Buffalo Harbor.
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We pass the Cotter & the Coast Guard patrol as we enter the piers.
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The DeWert is towed through the Outer Harbor Southern Channel for Lackawanna by the tug Washington. The old Bethlehem Steel plant looms in the distance.
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The New Jersey works our stern, holding her just off the dock fenders.
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 Port security bomb sniffing dogs work the dock at the Gateway Metroport in Lackawanna.
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Lines are secure at the stern, the ship has just completed her run down the lake, & the flag flies at half staff in honor of September 11th.
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A poignant reminder of those who didn't make it back home, one table is set in the ship's mess hall for our fallen & missing service members that won't be coming to dinner tonight.
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The HMCS Ville De Quebec arrives under the escort of two tugs and the US Coast Guard as she proudly  flies the Canadian flag on the way in from the lake for Lackawanna.

Seaway -  Jim Scrimger
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icko going upstream at Prescott.
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Wicko and Tim S Dool meeting
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Tim S Dool heading downstream

Toledo - Bob Vincent
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Algomarine unloading at The Anderson
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The unloading boom

Cheboygan, Mich. - Dianne Donati
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Westbound Joyce L. VanEnkevor
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Eastbound Ostrander/Integrity
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Eastbound Manistee
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Eastbound Philip R. Clarke

American Steamship Company fleet-mates along the St. Clair River on Monday - Kevin Majewski 
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American Integrity passing the Pine River in St. Clair
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Pushing a bow wave
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Kicking up some prop wash
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Upbound in the St. Clair River
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On her way, above St. Clair
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Followed by fleet-mate American Mariner just above Marine City
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Pushing a bow wave
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 Kicking up a little wash
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Upbound in the St. Clair River
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Another American Steamship Co. fleet-mate the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. unloading coal at the Recor Point Edison plant in St. Clair

Cason J. Callaway at the Upper Harbor in Marquette - Rod Burdick
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Loading ore on the first evening of September

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