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April 9 - 10, 2014

4/10 - St Marys River Wednesday - Paul Beesley
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Early in the Morning USCGC Mackinaw heads downriver to pick up the Edgar B Speer.
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Museum ship Valley Camp in Soo, Michigan.
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Part of the Purvis fleet in Soo, Ontario.  Anglian Lady, Avenger IV and Yankcanuck.
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Sugar Islander II that connects mainland Michigan to Sugar Island.  It's a short ride, about 600 feet.
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In the afternoon the Mac heads up toward the locks and Lake Superior.  With her azimuthal drive and the power in her compact hull she is a good icebreaker.  She can leave a great track and can flush ice from the side of a ship, dock or track simply by turning a drive unit.
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Behind the Mac was another 1000-footer, Edgar B Speer, also heading for Lake Superior.  This at 9-mile.
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Superstructure on the Speer.  Part of the St Mary's river involves some very tight spaces with almost no water under the keel.  The Captains on the footers deserve much credit for getting it right trip after trip.
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Algoma Discovery coming up the Sailor's Encampment ranges behind the Risley.
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She is very light.
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Before she came to Algoma she was the Daviken built in the former Yugoslavia.
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Last upbounder of the day, Algoma Enterprise. 
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She made her way up unassisted, although the Risley stood by just in case!

J.W. Westcott Co. returns to service
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Mailboat J.W. Westcott II returned to service on Wednesday
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Backup mailboat Joseph J. Hogan
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Capt. Sam Buchanan
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Capt. Ryan Gazdecki
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Port of Detroit
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At the dock below the Ambassador Bridge
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Bill Redding working the radio in the Dispatcher's Office.
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Lunch from Lafayette Coney Island
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With no traffic due the Westcott II goes back to the Gregory Boat Co. for an overnight repair.
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Paint scraped off by ice on this can buoy.
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Large rudder


4/9 - St. Marys River Tuesday
- Paul Beesley
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Today was a Stewart J Cort type of day.  In this photo the Cort is trying to make the turn onto Sailor's Encampment ranges.
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She was not able to make the turn due to the brash in the track, so CCGS Samuel Risley went down past her to loosen up the ice.
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As you can see the Cort was able to back up, but the problem is with the stern.
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At the stern is her self-unloading gear, the door of which was open as the Risley went by.
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The Cort is trying to turn to starboard (right) but with her stern against the ice edge she cannot do it.  When a ship turns the stern moves over instead of the bow, opposite to a car.  With this much ice the stern can't move over so the ship can't turn.
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A little farther upriver the ice continued to thwart progress so both the Risley and USCGC Mackinaw assisted her.  The Mac is attempting to make a space for the Cort's bow to fall into.
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The Cort waits while the Risley moves in to break ice on the port quarter so the Cort's stern has somewhere to go when she turns.
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The top half of the Mackinaw as she works the starboard side of the Cort.  Fortunately the channel is wide here.
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The Mackinaw turns onto the Stribling Pt ranges with the Cort unable to make the turn.
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As the Mackinaw worked the bow of the Cort the Risley moved along her starboard side.  This maneuver proved successful this time; as ice conditions and location change various maneuvers must be used to keep ships moving.

Johnson Point - Graham Grattan
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 Mackinaw is close alongside Stewart J. Cort at Johnson Point.
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Samuel Risley can be seen in the distance. She has been "working" the Winter Point turn.
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At Johnson Point the ships pass very close to Neebish Island.
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Mackinaw is flushing the ice alongside Cort.
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Mackinaw passes close ahead of Cort.
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Stewart J. Cort comes ahead on her.
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Cort is stopped and Mackinaw is backing down towards her.
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Mackinaw moves ahead quickly.

Canadian Coast Guard Ship Pierre Radisson leads the Roger Blough at the Soo - Detroit District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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The Blough was the first upbound freighter of the 2014 season.

Recent Soo traffic - David Kaye
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Roger Blough and Edwin H. Gott waiting to pass through the Poe lock.
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Edwin H. Gott.
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Roger Blough.
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Edwin H Gott at the Carbide dock.
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Canadian Coast Guard Ship Pierre Radisson breaking out the west end of the Lock Canal.
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Roger Blough passing under the International Bridge.
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Edwin H. Gott passing under the International Bridge.
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Work still going on at the Locks.

James R. Barker departing Sturgeon Bay Tuesday - Mitch Custer
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Milwaukee - Cathy Drexler
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The G Tug Arkansas at the Port of Milwaukee during the entry of the Burns Harbor into port for winter lay-up.
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Burns Harbor entered the Port of Milwaukee Jan. 8 for winter lay-up.  It was extremely cold with sea smoke rising off the water's surface.  This photo was taken just after passing under the Hoan Bridge.
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Leona B leaving the harbor in December with Christmas lights on; ice on Lake Michigan.


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