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February 24, 2014


 
Sikuliaq in Ludington - Mark Mather
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Don Jon Erie Shipyard Lay-up - Brian W.
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McKee Sons & the CSL Laurentian at the Don Jon Shipyard.
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A view of both bows show a contrast in design from the 1950's McKee Sons to the more modern style Laurentian.
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Tug Invincible in the notch of her barge.
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Aft superstructure of the Laurentian showing the transition section where the stern of the old Louis R. Desmarias was grafted onto the new, wider cargo hold when she was rebuilt in 2001.
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Hillside view of the yard with the Edwin H Gott to the right, Kaministiqua in the dry dock, & the Laurentian to the left.

Escort duty on the icy St. Clair River February 19 - Kevin Majewski
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USCGC Hollyhock (WLB 214) escorting the Algosea upbound just below Marysville.
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Hollyhock upbound on escort duty.
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Hollyhock keeping the path clear for the Algosea.
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The tanker Algosea upbound.
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Algosea following the path just cleared by the Hollyhock.

GBL Thousand Islander II - Murray Blancher
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Tow of the Algoma Quebecois up the Welland Canal - Paul Beesley

On Nov 20, 2013 the Algoma Quebecois made her last trip up the Welland Canal under tow by Nadro's tugs Molly M 1, Seahound and Lac Manitoba.  Her destination was the IMS scrapyard in Port Colborne.  These photos were taken as she was in the area of the Skyway/Homer Bridge.
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Upbound from Lock 2 behind the Molly M 1.
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Except for being lightship she almost looks normal.
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A good view of the tow.
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Creeping to her destiny.
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Molly M 1 leads the way.
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 Bow thruster.  Added on sometime after construction.  These old steam-turbine ships must have been a treat to maneuver before thrusters.  The Captain would have to think far ahead in order to put the ship into some of the tight spots they went.  Astern power was only about 1/3 to 1/2 ahead power and was certainly not instant as the ahead turbine would have to be taken out of gear and the astern thruster put into gear.
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Just before the bridges the Montrealais was allowed to rest on the west bank of the canal to allow a laker to pass downbound.
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Seahound and Lac manitoba as the stern tugs.
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The tugs tucked in tight to the stern while the ship is resting on the canal bank.
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Perspective of the tug size versus the ship size.


 

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