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April 12, 2014

St Marys River - April 11 - Paul Beesley
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Something different today.  A buoy carried off position by early winter ice needed to be put back on advertised position.  The green buoy is just astern of the Risley.
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Because of the ice surrounding the buoy it was difficult to get close enough to put a hook into the lifting lug, but it was finally captured.  Here the buoy is in the air.  It has 48 ft of chain and a 4000 lb anchor below it, all lifted at once with the Risley's crane.
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Another view.  This is a USCG buoy and is in US waters but the two Coast Guards co-operate frequently and this was one example.  Once lifted the buoy and mooring is placed on deck and examined for damage.  If all is well, as it was in this case, the buoy is prepared to be placed on advertised position.
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The buoy is hung over the side, the chain is flaked out on deck and the anchor is hung from a chain stopper.
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Once the ship is in the correct position the chain stopper is tripped, the anchor and chain go overboard and the buoy is released.  Position is attained using GPS.
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 The ship backs away and carries on with its icebreaking program.
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Originally the ship's barge was put in the water to see if it could work through the ice.
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But the ice was still 18" thick with little space between floes.  The barge, which is propelled by a diesel engine and has a power take off to run lifting winches, was brought back on board after the buoy operation was complete.
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The Azimuthal (z-drive) drive on the barge.  No rudder required. 
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The barge weighs 9 tonnes and the Risley's 15 tonne lift is required to pick it up.
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The front range tower and light next to a church at Sailor's Encampment.
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 Tecumseh in the lower river with the fleet waiting astern of her.
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 Later on with her anchor down at 9-mile.
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Lee A Tregurtha anchored astern of the Tecumseh.
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Another view of the Lee A at anchor.
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Algosteel upbound at 9-mile.  the light was perfect!
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Forward end.
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After end.  Saginaw came up too late to get a photo.

St. Marys River and Straits of Mackinac - Brian Wagoner
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St. Marys River
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SW of Lansing Shoal Thursday.
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Great Republic leave the dry dock with a new paint job - Dale Stewart
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Great Lakes Tug moves the John J. Boland toward the drydock as a Heritage Tug helps the Great Republic out of the shipyard.
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Heritage tug pulls the newly painted Great Republic astern.

Sikuliaq and Mobile bay leaving Menominee - Jim Rastall
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Soo - David Kaye
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Algoma Equinox at the International Bridge.
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Roger Blough returning to the Soo after having problems near Whitefish Point.
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 Ice in the upper Lock canal.
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Algoma Algosteel  stopped for the night at the West Pier.

Hollyhock in the Straits - USCG Air Station Traverse City
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USCG inspects the Roger Blough after the vessel was damaged in the ice
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Sault Ste. Marie and Area last week of March - Philip Nash
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Remaining coal cargo at the Carbide dock in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan as of March 25th, opening day for the Soo Locks
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 Idle Neebish Islander II ferry waiting to resume schedule.
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Ferry Drummond Islander IV making her crossing to Drummond Island, Michigan.
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Waiting for spring in De Tour, Michigan. Sorry I could not see the name of this vessel.
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Drummond Island ferry schedule and rates.
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Whitefish Point Light as seen from the Lake Superior.
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Whitefish Point Lighthouse.
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Whitefish Point Lighthouse Information Marker
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Panorama view of Whitefish Point and Lake Superior on March 30th.


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