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November 27, 20

A seagulls view of the James M. Schoonmaker at its new home in Toledo, Ohio - Ron Piskor
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The location of Schoonmaker's old mooring can be seen in the distance just below the Anthony-Wayne suspension bridge.

HMCS Ojibwa one step closer to home
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Thursday at Welland Canal -  Bill Bird
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CSL Laurentien-clear of Lock 7
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bound for Toledo with ore
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Algoma Navigator clear of Bridge 5
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approaching flight locks on her way to Goderich
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Erieborg on her way to Lock 3
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AIS says Chicago
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Clear of Lock One Algoma Montrealais passing Amundsen which will get a refit at drydock
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headed for Thunder Bay
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Algosoo having departed Lock 3
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under Glendale Ave bridge AIS says Sandusky

Fish tug Sony being lifted for maintenance at her home dock in the Ashtabula River - John Jackson
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She is better known by the local  name "the Bum Boat" as she served in "the Bum Trade" tending ships as a sort of floating convenience store. Her same owner is still serving cold beverages to the public in port.

Samuel de Champlain tow
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Tug Wisconsin and tug Samuel de Champlain docked in the Port Washington, WI marina, earlier last week, before heading to Sturgeon Bay, WI for repairs due to damage sustained in a fire in its engine room. - Jim Jentges
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Tug Missouri towing Samuel de  Champlain  northbound off Belgium, Wis. Saturday - Rich Reichelsdorfer

Cuyahoga from the Hope Memorial Bridge Sunday - Kate White
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Rebecca Lynn and barge
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Rebecca Lynn
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Dorothy Ann Pathfinder.

Seaway - Ron Beaupre
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Phoenix Sun passing Mariatown on her way to Hamilton.
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Federal Weser passing Mariatown.
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Ferry Dalmig passing Ogdensburg down bound after a 10 year layup in Hamilton. Sold to new owners.
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BBC Wisconsin passing Mariatown.
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 The Rebel Queen passing Mariatown.

Recent Activity at the Upper Harbor in Marquette - Rod Burdick
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Victory and James L. Kuber at the ore dock, view from the breakwall
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Herbert C. Jackson loading ore
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Mesabi Miner passing fleet mate Kaye E. Barker after unloading coal
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 Kaye E. Barker unloading stone into the hopper after shifting sides of the dock

Federal Rideau downbound off Port Huron Thanksgiving Morning - Bruce Hurd
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Twin Ports - Brad Krekelberg
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Lakes Contender/Ken Boothe Sr. at Graymont in Superior
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American Century making the turn into the harbor
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Algorail coming out of the sunset
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James R. Barker arrives
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Arthur M. Anderson in Two Harbors

Toronto Thursday - John van der Doe
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 Toronto Drydock
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Bluebell  approaches the Redpath plant assisted by the Mr. Kane and La Prarie
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Soley at Brockville - Murray Blancher
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Karfi shown arriving at her Washington Island dock coming back from Rock Island - Wendell Wilke
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Cleveland Nov. 18 - Paul Magyar
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Alpena towed by the tug Iowa passing the Manistee at the wall with engine trouble.
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Alpena making the Lafarge dock.
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American Courage approaching Norfolk Southern Bridge 1 after a partial unload at the Cleveland Bulk Terminal.
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Manistee unbound with a load of stone passing beneath the Eagle Street lift bridge.
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Manistee beneath Norfolk Southern Bridge 2 and the under-construction I-90 Innerbelt bridge.

Ojibway Loading at the Owen Sound Elevator, Nov. 19. - John G. Mackay
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 Keewatin in Port McNicoll on Nov. 15
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Baie St Paul in Shanghai returning from sea trials in October
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Mesabi Miner departing Duluth in August - Aidan Kemp
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Capt Matthew Flinders - Paul Beesley
Earlier this month I was asked to sail on the Capt Matthew Flinders from Heddle drydock in Hamilton, Ontario to her normal dock in Toronto.

The Flinders was built in southern Australia as a dinner/dance boat but when it was unable to make a profit it was sold to a Toronto concern for the same purpose.  The ship sailed all the way across the Pacific, through the Panama Canal, up the East coast of North America and up the St Lawrence Seaway, all at a stately speed of 8 knots and without any cabins.  Crew hung tarps to gain privacy.

My first encounter with the Flinders was in West Palm Beach, Florida.  She was being converted to a casino ship on short-term charter to replace another ship lost in a hurricane.  The Flinders was based at Riviera Beach, just north of West Palm.  I was on board for US Coast Guard inspections and as Captain sailed several times each day to the 3 mile limit to facilitate gambling.

At the time she had a slow-speed diesel engine.  Her generator was in a sound-proof booth.  No hearing protection was required in the engine room. 

In Florida we had to take a pilot for each trip, much to the local pilotage authority's chagrin.  Pilots were required if your draft was greater the 8 feet, and ours was.  There was no way we could get her lighter.  The charterer suggested we repaint the draft marks to show a shallower draft.  Silly man.
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Capt Matthew Flinders on the blocks at Heddle Marine, Hamilton, Ontario.
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Bilge keels.  These are meant to dampen the rolling in a seaway.  In the large Atlantic swells off Florida she rolled fiercely, really interfered with gambling, drinking and eating.
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Stern thruster, prop and rudder in comparison to yard worker.
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Looking aft from the bow.  She has lovely lines.
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Looking forward in the main deck salon.  This was full of gambling gear when I was on her in Florida.
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Deck below main salon.  Each deck has a stage.
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Main driver.
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Another view.
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Water pumps.
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Galley.  No Air Conditioning here.  In the Gulf Stream the Galley staff worked in intolerable conditions.
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 Wheelhouse looking to port.
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Captain maneuvering to drop off the shipyard rep after trials.  Only the thrusters are controlled from the wings.

Historical perspective - John G. Munson maiden voyage - Dick Sheehy
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August 21, 1952 of the brand new John G. Munson as she was leaving Manitowoc on her maiden voyage.

September 2010 Bounty at the Cote-Ste Catherine Lock and Montreal Old Port - Roland Van Bulck
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