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April 7 - 8, 2014

4/8 - St Marys River Monday - Paul Beesley
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As the sun makes its appearance over the river the Stewart J Cort rests quietly awaiting the day's action.
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Edwin H Gott, second in line also waits.
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The last three ships in the convoy.  They were to move part way up the river later in the day.
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 Roger Blough's unique self-unloading gear.
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 CCGS Pierre Radisson.  Again.  So far this winter I have watched her break out two salties in the Gulf of St Lawrence, several Algoma tankers and the Samuel Risley on Lake Erie and now she's in the St Marys river.
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Someone on the Blough has a favorite basketball team.
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 The bow of the Blough as the Risley passed down her side to get her moving again.
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Lots of HP to get her going.  The Blough is my favorite US Laker; there is something about her lines and squat appearance that I appreciate.
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Edwin H Gott making the turn off Sailor's Encampment ranges at Johnson Pt. 
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The Gott approaching 9-mile.
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 Drifting to a halt for the night.  Ahead of her on the left are the Anglian Lady, Avenger IV and the PML barge that spent most of the winter stuck in the ice at 9-mile.

Moving the barge Ironmaster from the ice where it spent most of the winter - Bonnie Barnes
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PML tugs Anglican Lady (left, near bow) and Avenger IV work the ice around barge Ironmaster, that has been stuck in the ice since late January. 
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PML tug Anglican Lady attached to the barge Ironmaster
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USCGC Mackinaw helping widen a track in the ice
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Roger Blough
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Canadian ice breaker Pierre Radisson
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PML tug Anglian Lady working hard to pull barge Ironmaster free from ice

Mail Boat J.W. Westcott II returned to the water Monday in Detroit - Capt. Sam Buchanan
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24 hour service will return later this week from the Westcott Co. dock below the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit.

Thunder Bay upbound past Belle Isle in the Detroit River - Ted Hanifan
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Loaded with salt from Windsor for Milwaukee.
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Tecumseh turns off Port Huron - Frank Frisk
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She proceeded down from her position in lower Lake Huron at 9 a.m. to the Imperial Fuel docks prior to her trip upbound to Thunder Bay.
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Photos taken directly in front of Great Lakes Maritime Center, Home Port of, as she was turning to dock at Imperial Fuel Docks.

Prescott Anchorage Sunday - Carl Burkett
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Three downbound lakers sat anchored and pointed upbound into the wind near Prescott, Ontario.
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Algoma Spirit
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Algoma Guardian
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 Baie Comeau

Saltie Lubie at Redpath's in Toronto Monday - Dave Robinson
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4/7 - St Marys River Sunday
- Paul Beesley
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CCGS Samuel Risley was tasked to proceed to the St Mary's River and assist USCGC Mackinaw and CCGS Pierre Radisson to break out the river and escort ships in both directions.  As the Risley approached Detour she discovered new ice, not a good sign in April. 
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Once around the corner she was greeted by 5 ships waiting to go upbound:  Edgar B Speer, Sam Laud, Stewart J Cort, Edwin H Gott and Roger Blough.
3.    The Risley came up astern of the ships.  First was the Speer.
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Another view of the Speer.  The ice in this area was 4 feet thick in places with snow cover.  Tough sledding.
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 Sam Laud was next in line.  They managed to keep open water astern to ensure their prop and rudder did not get frozen
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Another view of the Laud.
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 Good old #1, Stewart J Cort.
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 The back half of what was once called Stubby.  The Risley made a separate track to port of the beset ships.  She proceeded upbound as far as Mud Lake Junction buoy.
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Meanwhile the Radisson and Mackinaw were bringing down the Cason J Callaway and the John J Munson.  Here we see the Callaway following the Radisson.
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Callaway blows by at 6 knots.  The Mac was assisting the Munson which got stuck on a turn.
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Another view of the Callaway.  The Radisson took her to open water at Detour.
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The Risley "ran the track" downbound to break up some of the heavier pieces and to widen the track.  The Mac got the Munson moving then went upbound to pick up the Algocanada.
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The Risley continued to groom the track until the Algocanada arrived, then she took the Algocanada to open water.  All icebreakers shut down for the night.  Monday an attempt will be made to move the 5 upbounds and to continue improving the track.

Hamilton and Toronto Recent - John McCreery
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Volgaborg off the Burlington piers April 14
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Another view bound for the harbor anchorage
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Latimer entering the piers with Private Robertson following.
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Private Robertson V C under the bridges
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Mississagi still under wraps
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Algoma Discovery departing to begin her season
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The Toronto Island ferries in winter layup.
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Left to right the Inglis, Rennie and McBride.
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The Trillium at her winter berth.
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Trillium with the Jadran which still remains at her berth despite efforts to remove her.

CSL Niagara departs Sturgeon Bay Sunday - Mitch Custer
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She had returned for unknown reasons on Saturday.
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Toledo - Bob Vincent
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Tug Nebraska going out to meet the Thunder Bay
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Thunder Bay with tug Nebraska
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Another view
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Thunder Bay making the turn into Torco
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Bow view
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First ore boat for CSX Torco for the 2014 season
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Another view unloading iron ore onto the Lay Pad
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Manistee bow view at winter lay up
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Another view
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James L. Kuber bow view
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Another view of  the James L. Kuber at winter lay up
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Tug Defiance
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Tug Defiance sitting in front of barge Ashtabula
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Stern view of the barge Ashtabula

Buffalo by Air - Brian W.
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Inner harbor clear of ice but Erie Basin Marina is still iced in.
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City of Buffalo and the endless stretch of ice on Lake Erie.
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Elevator district along the Buffalo River.
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This is our return leg heading NE. Overlooking the east end of Lake Erie with the mouth of the Niagara River and City of Buffalo in the background.


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