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May 12 - 14, 2014

5/14 - Laurentia Desgagnes in Montreal - René Beauchamp
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Dockside views in Montreal Monday.
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One of the two new tankers in the Desgagnes fleet, the Laurentia Desgagnes,  arrived in Montreal on her first trip on Sunday. She will be followed later this year by Epada Desgagnes, formerly the Stena Poseidon.
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underway at Contrecoeur on Sunday by Serge Beauchemin.
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Stena Poseidon at Sorel-Tracy on june 18, 2007.

Salties In Welland Canal Monday - Ian Baker
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Pilca upbound leaving Lock 2 
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Adfines sea upbound above Lock 1.
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Prosna Downbound Below Lock 1.
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Iryda  Upbound  Above Lock 1 
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CCGS Martha L Black Downbound Below Lock 1.
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5/13 - St. Clair River Traffic at Algonac State Park on Monday - Don Detloff
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 Lee A. Tregurtha
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CCGS Cove Isle
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CCGS Martha L. Black
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Great Republic Monday downbound at Belle Isle in her new paint - Ted Hanifan
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Thunder Bay - John Kuzma
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Algoma Discovery at the newly named Superior Terminal that was Cargill for many years.
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Federal Shimanto at Viterra A.
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Fedreal Yukina at Current River.
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Ojibway at Richardson.

Port Stanley and Port Dover-
Monty Young
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Andrea Marie I at Port Stanley
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Katelyn J at Port Stanley
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Janice C No 1 at Port Dover
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Billie K at Port Dover
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Brian D at Port Dover
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Erie Explorer at Port Dover
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Omsteader at Port Dover
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R & G at Port Dover

5/12 - Buffalo unloading coal in Alpena and departing -  Ben & Chanda McClain
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Kimberly Selvick recovery - U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Heidi Braglone
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Kimberly Selvick (left), on the hip of a crane barge, is pushed by a tug through Lake Michigan after being salvaged from the shores of Lake Michigan near Burnham Park outside of Chicago, May 10, 2014. The Kimberly Selvick became partially submerged after taking on water May 5.

Recent Soo Traffic - David Kaye
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Ojibway upbound at the International Bridge.
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Indiana Harbor in the Poe Lock.
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Peter R Cresswell downbound entering the MacArthur Lock.
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Edwin H. Gott upbound out of the Poe Lock.

Group Ocean tow - Ron Beaupre
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 Ocean Ross Gaudreault leads the two barge tow and Ocean Echo II down through Iroquois Lock.
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The tow is heading for Trois Rivieres after the Ocean Echo II hit a rock near Quebec Head, Wolfe Island a few days ago.
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Ocean Ross Gaudreault flies the Montreal Canadiens flag in support of the home team. Too bad they lost to Boston last night.
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Ocean Echo II was built at Port Weller as the Atlantic.
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Federal Satsuki glides by the Adfines Sea below Iroquois Lock.
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Beneath the present name can be seen the former name Osttank Norway.
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Stack and cabins detail.
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Adfines Sea sliding the wall into Iroquois Lock.

Buffalo - Brian W.
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Dredge equipment in Buffalo. The tugs Paul L Luedtke, Krista S., the pump barge Lucile T, & a few dump scows can be seen all tied up at the Cargil Pool Elevator Pier on the Outer Harbor.
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The Paul L. & her little motor boat assistant are rafted to a scow. The smaller boat zips around the larger ones and can assist with maneuvering barges by acting like a bow thruster when they are in tight quarters.
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The cement carrier English River was quietly unloading at LaFarge on the Buffalo River while the sun burned off the last of the morning fog. She came in the pervious evening & was due to depart later that day.
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A protective momma goose keeps her little ones on the move along the bank for an outing on this beautiful Mother's Day.
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Here's a scene from the National Train Day celebration at the Jamestown, NY Erie R.R. station featuring Western New York & Pennsylvania locos, the Viscose #6 steamer, some historic rail cars, & vehicles.

Detroit Saturday - Tom Hynes
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Repairs have not yet started on the Jefferson Street bascule bridge, a year after it closed in front of the Herbert C. Jackson. An engineering contract to design the repairs was recently contracted out and the county hopes to have the  bridge open to highway traffic by the end of 2015.
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Repairs underway for the downcomer for the basic oxygen furnaces at USS Steel Ecorse. The downcomer is a flue carrying hot (1000 degree Celsius) gas from the top of the basic oxygen furnace down to exhaust gas filters near ground level.
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Crane lifting a section of the new downcomer into place.  It appeared the cranes had to wait until evening to make this lift due to high winds earlier.
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Salty Alert heading to the Ojibway anchorage.
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Spring has arrived when the Mailboat is back in service.
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Crew of the Mississagi checking their incoming mail.
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JW Wescott II pulling away from the Mississagi.
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Tug Stormont docked in Windsor (Ojibway).  Currently assigned to the Detroit-Windsor truck ferry.
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Former railroad ferry Pere Marquette 10 in the Morterm Slip, Windsor.
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Silhouette of bridge cranes on Zug Island.  The blast furnaces appear to be in hot idle while repairs are being made to the basic oxygen furnaces down in Ecorse.
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Sichem Defiance downbound in the evening sun.

Detroit River Mail Boat Saturday - Boatnerd Staff
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Frontenac downbound.
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Mississagi downbound
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Saltie Alert in the Ojibway Anchorage
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Along side for a pilot change.
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Capt. Joel Hepola instructing
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Herbert C. Jackson downbound
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Sichem Defiance downbound for a pilot change.
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Nightfall on the river
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Moon rise over the station.

Recent Welland Canal - Paul Beesley
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Pilot Boat Mrs C outbound from Port Weller to Lake Ontario.
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CCGS Pierre Radisson below Lock 1 on her way home to Quebec City after a long winter battling ice.  She started work in December and has been busy the entire winter.  In this photo you can see the damage done to her flight deck in March while digging a ship off a lee shore in the Gulf of St Lawrence.
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Sichem Defiance above Lock 2.
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Jana Desgagnes above Lock 1.
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Downbound Pineglen passing the unbound Atlantic Erie below Lock 2.
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Algowood also below Lock 2 with the Atlantic Erie entering the lock in the background.
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Dreadnought-type bow on the Vlieborg.
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 Federal Satsuki approaching Lock 1.
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 Followed by the Algoma Spirit.
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Kathy Lynn, pushing two barges, below Lock 2.
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Manitoba showing some of her Voyageur blue.
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Miedwie above Lock 1.
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Capt Henry Jackman also above Lock 1.
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Algosar loaded to her marks above Lock 1.  Port Weller shipyard in background.  Lots of equipment lined up there for auction on Monday.

New USCG fast response boat - USCG
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A boat crew aboard a new 45-foot response boat maneuvers the boat near the St. Joseph, Mich., Lighthouse as the crew of Coast Guard Station St. Joseph accepts the new platform.
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