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January 13, 2014

Sturgeon Bay - Mitch Custer
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Stewart J. Cort as it approaching the Bay Bridge.
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American Mariner arriving for lay-up.
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St Clair River South Channel, Russell Island Marker 33 - Brian Trinity
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Barge Ashtabula tug Defiance and tug Wyoming downbound the Trenton Channel - Mike Nicholls
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In route to DTE Trenton Power Plant.
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New Malcolm tug Capt. Keith at the Fort Street Bridge construction site in the Rouge River.

John D. Leitch laid up in the Welland Canal at Port Colborne - Nathan Attard
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Stone dock Ramey's Bend

Soo Traffic - David Kaye
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Ojibway downbound at the West Pier.
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USCG Bristol Bay at the West Pier.
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 Roger Blough downbound.
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James R Barker downbound for the Poe Lock.
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Baie Comeau departing Duluth with iron ore pellets loaded at CN Duluth on January 9 - Ed Labernik
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Baie Comeau departing Duluth in the ship canal.
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 Comeau passes the North Pier Light.
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Baie Comeau downbound in Lake Superior with iron ore.

CCGS Griffon is assisting Algoma Enterprise to enter Port Colborne piers for winter lay-up - Peter Bates
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Canadian Enterprise assisted by CCGS Griffon entering Port Colborne Piers
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Griffon making progress

 Whitefish Bay and Baie Comeau in Duluth January 8 - Kent Rengo
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Great Lakes towing and Heritage Marine tugs busting up the ice in the dock slip and around the boats.
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G tug work ahead of the Whitefish Bay as it back out of the slip
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Baie Comeau in the background.
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The Whitefish Bay almost out into the St. Louis Bay. Soon the Baie Comeau will pull forward to take on a load of ore pellets.

Ice breaking at Alpena -
Ben & Chanda McClain
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Manitou heading out into the ice
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Manitou getting ready to push the Calumet out
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Calumet heading out so Manitowoc can come in
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Manitowoc coming into Lafarge
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Tug Manitou breaking ice 
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Calumet coming into Lafarge
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Manitou helping Calumet dock
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Manitou leaving Lafarge

January 12, 2010, Four years ago today: Convoys in the Fleming Channel, Belle Isle, Detroit -
Nathan Nietering

From the Boatnerd News archive: U.S. Coast Guard cutters worked to flush ice jamming the lower St. Clair River into Lake St. Clair so a flotilla of vessels that has been anchored above Port Huron can continue their downbound trips.  The type of ice blocking the channel is brash ice. Brash ice is smaller pieces of ice that have been broken up and piled on top of each other. This type of ice is difficult for icebreakers to manage, as once the breaker has passed through, the track tends to close very quickly. With each vessel passage the ice becomes broken into smaller pieces and can pile up all the way to the bottom of the channel.  A separate and smaller convoy of upbound vessels were timing their trips to enter the St. Clair River after the downbound convoy had cleared a wide track.

This photo group was taken from the upper end of Belle Isle, between the Coast Guard Station and Livingstone Light.
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The Canadian Transport overtakes small ice flows downbound passing the upbound tanker Algoeast.
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Boatnerd Michael Koprowicz filming the passage of the convoys on what turned out to by a not-too-frigid afternoon.
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One of her last years flying Upper Lakes Shipping flags and markings.
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Passing the upbound McKee Sons near the Belle Isle Light, last of three in the upbound convoy.
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Algoeast follows the Manitowoc (leading the upbound convoy), meanwhile downbound Presque Isle makes the turn at the range lights.
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A few minutes later from left: Windmill Point lighthouse, Lee A. Tregurtha, Charles M. Beeghly, Presque Isle, McKee Sons, Manitowoc.
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 Presque Isle heavily loaded for Conneaut pushes downbound with the Charles M. Beeghly and Lee A. Tegurtha following behind.
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Ice cakes the bow of the Presque Isle from being anchored in lower Lake Huron and traversing the St. Clair River.
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The Charles M. Beeghly finishing her first season as a motor vessel, with fleetmate Lee A. Tregurtha, Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay, and Samuel de Champlain/Innovation behind.
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The Beeghly's destination is Severstal Steel in the Rouge, followed by layup at Nicholson's Terminal in Ecorse.
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Lee A. Tregurtha approaches while Neah Bay makes the turn.
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The Tregurtha is heading directly for Nicholson's for winter layup.
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Samuel de Champlain is the last to pass downbound as the light fades. She is loaded for Cleveland and will lay up there upon arrival.

University of Michigan Student Interlake Trips - Mark Kolanowski
In the predawn hours of August 24, 2013, a group of University of Michigan Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering students boarded the Kaye E Barker at the JW Wescott.  The vessel was downbound headed to Severstal Mill with a load of taconite.  The students were given a keel to wheelhouse tour of the vessel during the transit of the Detroit River and Rouge River before viewing the beginning of the unloading process at Severstal. 
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View from the deck aft of the wheelhouse as the Barker passes through a drawbridge on the Rouge.
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The wheelhouse of the Barker during the Rouge River transit.
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Barker's unloading boom is extended as the vessel is secured to the dock.
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Looking back at the fore end of the Barker from the end of the boom.
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Panoramic view of KEB and Severstal from the end of the boom.
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Deck of KEB while unloading at Severstal.
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Federal Kumano downbound in the Detroit River taking on a pilot beneath the Ambassador Bridge.

On the afternoon of 14 October 14, 2013 the students boarded the Herbert C Jackson at the JW Wescott.  The vessel was downbound headed to Severstal Mill with a load of taconite. 
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Herbert C Jackson downbound in the Detroit River bound for Severstal.
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JW Wescott II Dropping off the second load of students.
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Engineer's control station during the turn into the Rouge River.
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Machinery space of HCJ looking aft over the steam turbine.
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Prop shaft of the HCJ in the Rouge River.
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Panoramic image of HCJ wheelhouse.
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Wheelhouse of HCJ during Rouge River transit.
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Passing through the last drawbridge before reaching Severstal.
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Overlooking the deck from the aft end of the wheelhouse approaching Severstal.
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Panoramic overview of HCJ deck.
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Looking forward docked at Severstal.
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HCJ docked at Severstal from the end of the boom.
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Panramic overview of HCJ at Severstal from the end of the boom.

Fish tug
Lee Marie - Richard Collard
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Formerly the M&A
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