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April 3, 2015

Opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway on Thursday - Rene Beauchamp
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The CWB Marquis on her first trip since delivery from China.
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They followed a track in the ice broken by the icebreaker Martha L. Black from the Cote Ste. Catherine Lock to the Pointe Fortier anchorage on Lake St. Louis.
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Adfines Star, the first saltie of the year, did not need icebreaker assistance.

Welland Canal opening - Bill Bird
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 Crane on the southwest corner of the lock was used to help refabricate the west wall.
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Company flags on display for the ceremony.
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Keynote speakers include Mr. Mirek Gassowski, president of Fettes Shipping Inc.
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and Mr Marty Fallon, CEO St. Mary's Cement Corp.
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Captain Vladimir Ignatov of tug Sea Eagle 2 accepts Top Hat from Kathleen Powell of the St. Catharines Museum with Chief Engineer Steve Hayter looking on.
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Bruce Hodgson, director of market development for the Seaway declares the waterway open for the 2015 season.
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Captain Vladimir Ignatov and his topper with barge St. Marys Cement 2 in the background.
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Captain Ignatov joined by Chief Engineer Steve Hayter.
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 Tug and barge clear of Lock 3 on their way up the canal.
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Taking a load of powdered cement to Cleveland.
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Meanwhile above Lock 7 ice has drifted down from the level.
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Seagulls don't seem to mind.
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Icebreaker Griffon on hand to help out.
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First downbound vessel was Baie Comeau. She wintered in Port Colborne but was turning around at Port Robinson to head upbound.
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In only her second season and she's already had a new paint job. Will the trend continue?
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Bound for Thunder Bay and grain when the ice permits.

Toledo - Bob Vincent
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Paul R. Tregurtha unloading at CSX Torco
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St. Marys Challenger pilothouse sitting up forward
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Close up
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Unloading onto the Live Pad
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Another view
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Another View
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Pilothouse of the St. Marys Challenger
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Another view
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Paul R. Tregurtha unloading
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Lewis J. Kuber in winter lay up
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Great Republic getting ready to move to load at Toledo Docks coal side
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American Valor in long term lay up

St. Marys River at Pointe Louise - Graham Grattan
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USCG Alder escorting downbound
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The season's first and second ships upbound at the Soo Locks are also the first and second ships downbound
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Welland Canal - Jim Bowser
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Opening day and the Baie Comeauat Port Robinson.
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Martin was towed behind the Whitefish Bay.
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Deck seems cleared on the Algoma Progress.

Welland Canal Photos, March 31 & April 1 - Paul Beesley
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Algoma Progress at IMS waiting to be cut up.  Her self-unloading boom is already gone.
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Algowood swings her boom out as part of her preparations for the new season.
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Baie Comeau laid up above Lock 8. 
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Another view.
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Two more CSLers laid up in Port Colborne.  Rt Hon Paul J Martin & Whitefish Bay.
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Port Colborne Layup view.
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Also at IMS for scrapping:  Omni St Laurent and CCGS Verendrye.
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CCGS Pierre Radisson unbound above Lock 2 on the 31st.  On her way to Lake Erie to assist shipping.
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Algoma Enterprise afloat with the gate open at the dry dock in Port Weller.
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View from beyond the fence.  Yes, that is Algoma Blue on her hull.

Kewaunee, Wis. Harbor -  Mark and Sue Dillenburg
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Fish tug Oliver Smith
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Former COE/ now museum Tug Ludington (D-Day Participant at Normandy)
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COE tugs and crane barge returned to Kewaunee after finding and removing large rock from Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal
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Edger Speer departs Bayship and Sturgeon Bay again - Mark Dillenburg
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This time via Green Bay and not the canal to the lake.
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Joseph L. block loading in Escanaba - Craig Knudson
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Pierre Raddison and Griffon in Port Colborne Wednesday - Nathan Attard
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Icebreaking on Whitefish Bay March 27
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John Russell
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