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April 1 - 2, 2014


4/2 -
Escanaba - Brian Wagoner
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Joseph L. Block
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Wilfred Sykes and Erika Kobasic
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Great Lakes Trader

Spring on Lake Erie -
Paul Beesley
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CCGS Pierre Radisson assisting the Algoeast as the latter worked her way toward Nanticoke.
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The Radisson speeds by in fairly heavy ice conditions.  The Captain requires good nerves and a good wheelsman to do this.
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Next day saw the Algoeast back into the terminal at Nanticoke. 
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The Grand River in south Ontario requires a breakout each spring to prevent flooding further up river.  As we worked our way into the mouth of the river this crowd watched from the breakwater.
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 A view of the unbroken ice in the Grand River at Port Maitland.
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 Spud barge and the John Spence frozen into the river in Port Maitland.
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Port Maitland's fish tug fleet waits for spring.
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Small floating drydock.
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View of the river after the initial icebreaking pass.
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In Nanticoke it was necessary to move the self-propelled work barge from its chocks to the after deck.  This gives you a good idea of the ice at the dock on the last day of March.

Charlotte Theresa sailing up the Seaway -
Ron Beaupre
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The first commercial vessel to make the trip this season.

Pierre Radisson in Goderich -
Robert Jeffrey
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Radisson arriving to break ice alongside Algowood on North Harbor slip.
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Radisson stops short of entering main channel.
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Radisson departing Goderich

Pierre Radisson passing Sarnia -
Dave Frawley
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Ice convoy on Lake Superior -
USCG Mackinaw
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Mackinaw escorting of the Cason J. Callaway and the John G. Munson early Monday morning just south of Michipicoten Island in eastern Lake Superior.
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Mackinaw washes ice and relieves pressure along the starboard side of the Cason J. Callaway, allowing them to continue making forward progress.
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Ice conditions still prove challenging in Eastern Lake Superior, where shifting wind creates pressure ridges and rubble fields. Mackinaw navigated the two vessels 9 NM this day through these conditions.
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The John G. Munson (left) waits behind the Cason J. Callaway as Mackinaw preps tracks through the challenging ice conditions. Progress was slow today, as Mackinaw prepped tracks and moved the two vessels approximately 1 NM at a time.
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Mackinaw begins the escort of the John G. Munson just after sunrise on Sunday morning.
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After initially escorting the John G. Munson approximately 30 NM, Mackinaw arrives on scene with the Cason J. Callaway to help free them after sitting two nights in the ice fields of Lake Superior.
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John G. Muson falls in behind the Cason J. Callaway as Mackinaw continues escorting the two vessels from Northern Lake Superior to the Sault Locks.
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Ice thicknesses East of Welcome Island were measured at 18-24 with 6-12 of snow cover.
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Mackinaw passes Welcome Island while breaking the initial track into Thunder bay Harbor
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Breaking the initial track  to the Southern entrance of the Port of Thunder bay.
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Ice inside the harbor was measured to be as thick as 40 with an additional 12 of snow cover.
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Mackinaw was able to make it approx. 140 yards from the Canadian Coast Guard base while remaining in good water.
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A pack of four Wolves ventures across the track Mackinaw cut just outside the break wall of Thunder Bay Harbor.
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Mackinaw works to free the beset Cason J Callaway while transiting Lake Superior towards Whitefish Bay in the early morning hours of 27 March.
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 Here are the typical conditions experienced in Eastern Lake Superior. Conditions quickly shift from open pools to level plate ice, to large windrows and pressure ridges.

4/1 - Seaway opening Monday -
Rene Beauchamp
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Martha L. Black escorting.
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Charlotte Theresa
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Charlotte Theresa was escorted all the way from the St. Lambert Lock to the lower Beauharnois Lock.
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Seaway opener - Murray Blancher
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Frontenac First ship of the season down at Crossover Island.
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Whitefish Bay down at Crossover.

Pierre Radisson upbound Detroit River at Belle Isle Monday morning - Ted Hanifan
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CCGS Pierre Radisson Upbound in St. Clair River on Monday - Don Detloff
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 Pierre Radisson at Algonac
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passing at Algonac
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At Marine City
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At St. Clair
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Pierre Radisson arriving at Sarnia

Des Groseillier upbound above Lock 8 Welland Canal Monday - Nathan Attard
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Federal Saguenay on the Western Schelde River on its way to the Port of Antwerp Sunday - Chris Rombouts
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Edwin H Gott headed East about 5 miles from DeTour following the USCG Biscayne Bay  - Bonnie Barnes
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USCG Alder assists the Damaged Morro Bay into Duluth - D. Stewart
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Neah Bay Breaking ice old South Channel Harsens Island - Christine Kujawski
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