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April 21, 2014

4/22 - St Marys River April 19 & 20 - Paul Beesley
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One of the things moving ice does is carry buoys, complete with their anchors, off position.  This is buoy #55 and it was much too close to the centre of the channel.  Rather than attempt to replace it on advertised position where it may again drift away the decision was made to remove the buoy and return it to USCG Soo.  Soo Traffic issued a Notice to Shipping (Notship) to advise mariners of the missing buoy. 
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With the American Integrity astern we continue up to Hay Lake as the deck crew secure the buoy and it's anchor to the deck to prevent movement.
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While this is a US buoy we noticed a lot of wear in the mooring chain so we measured it to pass the information along.  In fresh water buoy chains to wear thin, usually where they thrash about on the bottom as the buoy moves with wind and current.
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The Integrity passes us at 9-Mile on her way to the Carbide Dock.
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CSL Tadoussac and Kaye E Barker were both waiting at Hay Lake anchorage to move downbound.  The Barker went without issue but the Tadoussac needed some plate ice around her bow broken so she could turn downstream.
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This photo of the Walter J McCarthy Jr at Stribling turn illustrates how the brash (slush) fills in the track as soon as the icebreaker passes through.
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Below the Junction the McCarthy prepares to pass the Indiana Harbor...
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...and CSL Assiniboine...
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...and Burns Harbor, who has been waiting there for a very long time.
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Next morning the Assiniboine tries to move upriver by herself but the brash quickly closes in because of an easterly wind and inhibits her progress.
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The track on Sailor's Encampment Ranges with brash filling a good section of it.  (Guy wire to Risley foremast is the diagonal line you can see)
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Well, the Indiana Harbor had her problems at the Junction and could not get turned.  It's easy to see why.
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CCGS Martha L Black worked the IH's port side while the Risley worked the starboard.  Both icebreakers had difficulties backing up in this ice as well.
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After a long struggle the IH approaches Johnson Pt.
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Waiting in the ice at Hay Lake was USCGC Katmai Bay.  Once all the upbounders were clear she went downbound to work the corner at the Junction some more.
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CCGS Martha L Black at 9-Mile on her way to Lake Superior.  This class of ship, the 1100, have nearly 9000 HP, work with an AC-AC drive system, are great icebreakers and very comfortable sea boats.  They can also do buoys and have a 20 ton lift on their crane.  As with most Canadian Coast Guard  ships they are helicopter-capable.
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Jana Desgagnes upbound at 9-mile in deteriorating visibility.  Bound for the Canadian Soo.
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USCGC Morro Bay leaves Hay Lake on her way down to Detour.  These little ships are very good at what they do, helped by their bubbler system.  Heavy ice deters them because of their low displacement and single propeller but they are built for lighter ice and harbor / river work and they perform yeoman service in those areas.

Sarnia and Point Edward -
Marc Dease
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SCL Bern taking on a load at the elevator.
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Calumet arriving at the government dock.
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Moving alongside the Ojibway.
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Wide view.
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Kaministiqua and Ojibway at the government dock.
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SCL Bern night shot.
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John G. Munson downbound at 1 & 2.

St. Clair River -
Mike Mishler
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Martha L. Black
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Baie Comeau

Welland Canal - Morgan Blagdon
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Capt. Henry Jackman in Thunder Bay Sunday
- John Kuzma 
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She is getting ready to leave the drydock after some ice breaking by the USCG
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4/21 - Seaway Ships - Rene Beauchamp
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Phoenix Sun laid up at Sorel-Tracy on Thursday. Some activities were observed. She may leave soon for overseas.
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Duzgit Endeavour upbound on her first trip.
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Griffon heading downbound for a point between Cote Ste. Catherine Lock and St. Lambert Lock to install buoys.
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SCL Bern downbound in the Seaway near Montreal.
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She had to go around a very large tree floating in the middle of the canal.
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Prosna upbound in Montreal for Toledo on Saturday but made an unexpected stop at Cote Ste. Catherine . Departed Sunday afternoon.

USCG Alder in Thunder Bay Sunday - Beverly Soloway
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Onboard Baie Comeau in Sarnia - Matt Jones
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