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April 13 - 18, 2014

4/18 - St. Marys River - Paul Beesley
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 USCGC Buckthorn at her dock in Soo, Michigan.  The 'Bucky' has already placed a couple of lighted buoys between Mission Pt and the locks.
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 On the right, a USCG Search & Rescue cutter.  On the left, a small, high-speed patrol boat.  Both out of the water for the winter.
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G-tugs secured at their dock in the Soo.  Closest is Missouri.
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Putting the windlass in gear on the Samuel Risley.
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Just before sunset the Risley assisted the Victory/James L Kuber.
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The Victory was able to move ahead and astern but could not get around the turn at Stribling.
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Interesting combination.
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Another view.

Upbound Convoy waiting on
Whitefish Bay - Mary Ann Schallip
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4/17 - First new Saltie
- Rene Beauchamp
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The first new salty of the year in the Seaway . Fortunagracht entered the Seaway on Wednesday afternoon bound for Cleveland.
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Another new saltie, Duzgit Endeavour, is expected later on this week. She called on Montreal over the winter.

Oshawa, Ontario - Lorraine Morrill
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CL Hanse Gate was discharging steel at Oshawa on Wednesday. They arrived that morning about 8 a.m. from the Port Weller anchorage.

Recent Satellite images showing ice coverage
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4/16 - Convoy departs Duluth - Ed Labernik 
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St. Clair falls in behind the CSL Tadoussac as the convoy departs Duluth.
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American Spirit departs Duluth and lines up behind the St. Clair in the convoy.
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Mackinaw escorts the Tadoussac, St. Clair and American Spirit across Lake Superior.

- Ron Beaupre
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Tug Robinson Bay holds the work barge BPL6704 in position as the crew disconnect the chain from the winter marker.
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A lighted buoy is prepared for the next exchange of buoy for spar.
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Jana Desgagnes sweeps past Mariatown as she overtakes the Robinson Bay and tow.

CCGS Pierre Radisson helped clear the ice in Thunder Bay on Monday
- Justin Eloranta
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CCGS Pierre Radisson pulls into dock in Thunder Bay.
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Clearing ice from dockside effortlessly, a powerful and majestic vessel.
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The Radisson reaches the lakehead after leading the first upbound convoy on their way to Duluth.

St. Marys River
- Paul Beesley
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 Roger Blough at Carbide Dock in Soo Michigan, repaired and waiting for upbound convoy.
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 Radcliff R Latimer waits below the Soo locks.
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USCGC Buckthorn at the Soo.  Lots of buoys ready to be put out if only winter would go away.
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 Lineup above the Poe Lock.  Algosteel, Algoma Olympic, Algoma Enterprise and, off to the right, Algoma Equinox.
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 Closer look at the lineup.
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One of our erstwhile crewmembers dressed warmly to go outside and let go ship lines early in the morning.  It was -11C in the Soo this morning.  That's cold in F.
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Roger Blough; finally in open water.
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 Three Algoma ships heading for Whitefish Bay; Enterprise, Olympic and Steel.
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Beyond the Enterprise is the Algoma Equinox still at the dock.
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 Algoma Olympic as part of the herd of ships heading to Whitefish Bay.
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Algoma Equinox at the dock and the former Algonorth, I think, being scrapped.
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Algosteel found a cloud to hide under.
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Radcliff R Latimer just clear of the lock upbound.
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Tecumseh below the lock upbound to join a convoy.
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Followed by the Lee A Tregurtha.

4/15 - Duluth - Dale Stewart
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USCG Mackinaw arrives under the Aerial Lift Bridge after leading the convoy across Lake Superior.
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The Mackinaw turns toward the DECC as Sam Laud passes behind on the way to the Port Terminal.
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Mac tied up at the Duluth dock.
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The Stewart J. Cort departs through the Duluth Ship Canal after loading in Superior

St. Marys River April 11 & 13
- Paul Beesley
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Saginaw up at 9-mile on her way to Soo, Ontario.
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Another view of the Saginaw.
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American Integrity, one of three footers waiting far down-river.
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The ice is rapidly rotting in this area.
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The day was foggy and the fog really helps rot the ice.
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Approaching the Burns Harbor in the fog and ice.
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As we  get a little closer you can almost see the wheelhouse.
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Indiana Harbor and a new decorating scheme.
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The shoreline is just visible past the stern of the Indiana Harbor.  For much of the day the visibility was about 300 to 600 feet.

Maritime Academy of Toledo Admiral's Ball Weekend
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4/14 - Toledo - Bob Vincent
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Alpena unloading at Lafarge
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Stern View
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Another view of unloading
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Alpena heading out, going through the Craig Memorial bridge
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Leaving Toledo, heading for Alpena to load
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American Century (All footers pull in)
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U. S. Coast Guard 49424 putting the summer buoys in the shipping channel
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Another View
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The National Great Lakes Maritime Museum, opening April 26.

Marquette Sunday
- Heather Arpoika
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Bay class cutters arrive from Duluth to break out the harbor.
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- Mike Mishler
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Sarnia Saturday
- Philip Nash
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Fish Tug Mike J downbound St. Clair River at Sarnia.
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Installation of replacement blades on the prop of the Calumet in the North Slip in Sarnia.
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New blades waiting to be installed.
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Two old blades removed and sitting on the dock, the left one has some damage near the top.
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CSL Assiniboine tied up at the North Slip waiting to proceed upbound to a Lake Superior Port when traffic and ice conditions permit.
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Three Lower Lakes vessels in the North Slip.
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Ojibway arrived earlier on Saturday from Windsor, Ontario then departed on Sunday to anchor in Lake Huron Anchorage North of Sarnia.
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Some painting is required on the Ojibway.

Historical Perspective Edmund Fitzgerald 1972
 - Daniel W. Harbaugh 
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I was an Oiler on the Fitzgerald in 1972.
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4/13 - Toledo - Bob Vincent
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American Mariner unloading iron ore on to Torco Live Pad
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End of boom view
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Bow View
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Load Out Tower
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Closer View
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American Century under CSX ship loader
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Bow View
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Manistee at Winter Lay-up

Frontenac at Welland Dock Saturday - Steve Waller
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John D. Leitch passes
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