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March 29 - 31, 2014

3/31 - Welland Canal Sunday - Brian W.
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Algoma Equinox waiting on the wall above Lock 8 while the tug Seahound can be seen tied up in the distance to the right & flushing ice with her prop.
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The massive bow of the Equinox seems to be of a newer design than any other lakeboat in use at this time with a rounded flare that steps out above the anchor pockets to the vertical combing of the foc'sle. 
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The aft superstructure block looks like an office building rising from her stern & she retains the inclined life raft system that was recently removed from the Whitefish Bay & Baie Comeau.
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The Baie Comeau has winded in the canal and is ready to depart upbound from the West tie up wall above Lock 8. Ice breaker assistance in the immediate Lake Erie area was unavailable at the time.
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Although brand new herself, the bow is the older style seen on CSL ships going back to the 1970's. After assisting some tankers at Nanticoke the Risley & Radison will come back to escort her out.
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New features of the stern superstructure, including the high visibility pilothouse glass arrangement & jib cranes, give her a different look from other lakers back aft.

Ice breaker to the lakes - Ron Beaupre
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The Canadian Coast Guard ice breaker Des Groseillier passing Mariatown. 
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Her engines provide 13,600 SHP. 
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The Des Groseillier meets the CCGS Griffon near Loyalist Park. 
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The two ships exchanged master's salutes. 

Straits of Mackinac
- Bonnie Barnes
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 Old Mackinac Point lighthouse
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Retired USCGC Mackinaw docked at Mackinaw City
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 Ice track looking East from Mackinac Bridge, between Mackinac Island and Round Island. Stewart J. Cort can be seen in the distance waiting for transit up the St. Marys River.
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Ice track looking West from Mackinac Bridge, St. Helena Island on right

3/30 - CCGS Griffon and the Stephen B Roman breaking a track to Picton
- Paul Papps
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Griffon breaking track near Cole Point on Bay of Quinte.

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crossing ferry track at Glenora.
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Griffon heading towards Essroc Cement Plant at Picton.
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Glenora Ferry Quinte Loyalist approaching Adolphustown terminal.
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 Fisheries research vessel Ontario Explorer at Glenora.
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Stephen B Roman following track cut by the Griffon.
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Stephen B Roman heading towards Essroc Plant.
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After the CCGS Griffon and the Stephen B Roman passed up the Bay of Quinte from the Upper Gap, a team of ice rescuers practiced techniques in the open water near the Sandhurst Generating Station.
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Ice rescuer takes the plunge.
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practicing techniques for retrieval from water.

USCG Cutter Adler moving the  Morro Bay to the DECC Dock in Duluth Friday evening
- Darryl Stewart
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Her rudder was damaged while breaking out Thunder Bay

Toledo -
Bob Vincent
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H Lee White, first coal boat for CSX 2014  loading season
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Another view
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Coal cars at the pig hole

3/29 - Welland Canal opening
- Barry Andersen
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Algoma Quebecois - taken at IMS yard
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Whitefish Bay tied up at winter berth with fresh paint on hull stern lifeboat removed
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Baie Comeau
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 tied up at winter berth with fresh paint on hull stern lifeboat removed
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John D. Leitch - on W12 with winter work being completed
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CCGS Pierre Radisson - pours on power above Lock 7 in ice
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CCGS Pierre Radisson - approaches Port Robinson with minimal ice
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dignitaries at opening of Welland Canal pose for a photo with winds gusting
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Algoma Equinox clears lock 3 headed for Thunder Bay
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Algoma Equinox approaching bridge 5 after opening Canal

Opening day at the Welland Canal for 2014 - Bill Bird
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Colourful flags alongside the first ship Algoma Equinox
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Raised in Lock 3 awaiting official opening
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Company and Seaway officials for the opening include Brian Benko, vp ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Terence F Bowles, president and CEO of  St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, Algoma Equinox Chief Engineer Francois Tremblay, Algoma Equinox Captain Ross Armstrong, Betty Sutton, Administrator, St. Lawrence Seaway Seaway Development Corporation, Greg Wight, President & CEO Algoma Central Corporation.
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Captain Ross Armstrong and CE Francois Tremblay
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Algoma Equinox clear of Lock 3
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another view
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heading into a stiff breeze
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bow thruster on as she arrives at Glendale Ave bridge
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Algoma Equinox headed to Port Colborne for a few days because of ice conditions before resuming her trip to Thunder Bay and a cargo of grain.

Welland Canal opening - John van der Doe
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Opening ceremony of the St. Lawrence Seaway at the Welland Canal - Kevin Richard Hotte
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 (Left to right) Brian Benko, VP of ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Terence Bowles, CEO of St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, Algoma Chief Engineer Francois Tremblay, Algoma Captain Ross Armstrong, Betty Sutton, Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation and Greg Wight, CEO of Algoma Central Corporation.
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(left to right)  Brian Benko, VP of ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Terence Bowles, CEO of St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, Betty Sutton, Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation and Greg Wight, CEO of Algoma Central Corporation.
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Ice breaking at the Soo March 20 - Steve Welch
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Ice conditions on Lake Superior
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