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April 19 - 20, 2014

4/21 - St. Clair River Saturday - Don Detloff
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Tug Salvor and Lambert Spirit
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CCGS Martha L. Black
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 Welland Canal - Ian Baker
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Vikingbank upbound April 18 above Lock 1.
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Drawsko above Lock 1.
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 Detroit River- Ken Borg
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  Canadian Coast Guard Ice Breaker.  Martha L. Black upbound the Detroit River on April 19, 2014
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Baie Comeau follows

St. Marys River - Paul Beesley
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Paul R Tregurtha upbound.  The ice in this photo is mostly 'Brash', which is very difficult to get a ship through.
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But the Paul R did get through.  Greetings and Thanks from the Master of the Paul R.
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 On her way up to the Soo for supplies and fresh water.
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  Then it was time for the James R Barker.
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The USACE survey launch and trailer secured to the deck.
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 Stern of the Barker showing the method of ensuring the stern anchor comes up correctly - two vertical grooves in the stern.
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Clearing ice at the stern so the ship can turn.
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  'Try coming ahead now, Cap'.
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 St Clair's unique stern anchor stowage.
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The St Clair was downbound.
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Before working any more ships we went to the Soo.  Walter J McCarthy waiting to move downbound and Paul R waiting to go upbound.
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At USCG Soo they have a number of buoy lanterns ready for spring deployment.  Note also the snow blower on treads:  up this way wheels just won't cut it in the massive amounts of snow that fall.
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Off-loading the USACE survey launch.  With the vibrations caused by working in ice it was risky to leave the launch on board with all its sensitive electronic equipment.
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American Spirit down at Stribling.  This proved to be an all day escort as the Spirit had no end of trouble making the turns.  The St Clair, which followed directly behind, had no trouble at all thanks to the Spirit's track.
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 Sometimes up-close and personal is the only way to do the job.
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Interesting how the lifeboat davit has been incorporated into the superstructure.
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Below Mud Lake Junction the Spirit encountered the American Integrity and Algocanada.  A new track was made so the Spirit would be able to avoid these two.
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Algocanada has a high ice classification, good power to length ratio and the current master has much experience in the ice.  She should be able to move up the river without escort.
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Stopped in ice for the night.
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American Spirit passing American Integrity and Algocanada.

4/20 - Welland Canal Friday - Bill Bird
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Thunder Bay in the Welland bypass
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stern view
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headed to Toronto likely with salt
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Fortunagracht-making her Welland Canal debut
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unusual bow construction
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stern detail
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Cleveland bound
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John D Leitch clear of the flight locks
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headed to Hamilton with coal
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Leitch with a passing entry above Lock 3 with Martha L Black
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headed to Lake Superior for ice breaking duties
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stern view complete with helicopter
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Mississagi clear of Lock One
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headed to the tieup wall below two and passing entry with the Leitch

Welland Canal - Nathan Attard
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Martha L. Black
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Martha L. Black in the Welland Canal - Ian Baker
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Icebreaker Des Groseilliers off Buffalo - Brian W.
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The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Des Groseilliers was stopped in the ice field off the Buffalo piers waiting to escort the Peter R Cresswell from Lackawanna Friday.


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