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April 4 - 6, 2015

4/6 - Great Republic in Wyandotte Channel of The Detroit River - Kenneth Borg
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Welland Canal
- Barry Andersen
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Algoma Enterprise afloat in north dock at old PWDD yard.
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Algoma Enterprise upbound in ballast for Lock 2 after repainting.
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upbound lining up for approach to Lock 2.
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Algoma Transport upbound headed to Lock 2 in ballast.
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Algoma Transport afterhouse.
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Algoma Transport upbound headed to lock 2.
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Algoma Enterprise - plimsoll line markings showing Lloyds Registry as classification Society and draft markings.
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Robert S. Pierson downbound clear of Lock 2 in light drizzle.  

Welland Canal
- Paul Beesley
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Nadro's tugs Vigilant 1 & Lac Manitoba prepare to haul the Algoma Enterprise out of the shipyard in Port Weller.
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The Enterprise now has her bow against the west wall and is being pivoted by the tugs and the ship's bow thruster so she can be secured to the wall.
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Close-up of the Vigilant 1.
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A crew member is lowered to the dock to handle the ship's lines.
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Ready to start the new season the Enterprise makes her way south.
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 Algoma Navigator slides the wall toward Lock 3.
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Algoma Transport above Lock 1.
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Transport on her way to Lock 2.
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J. W. Cooper spent the winter laid up in Port Weller.  Here she is unbound toward Port Colborne for a new season.
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Another view.

USCG Air Station Traverse City Icebreaking support
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Roger Blough can be seen making her way through thinning ice in Lake Michigan southwest of Lansing Shoal, just northwest of Beaver Island Friday.
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UCGC Biscayne Bay underway west of the Straits of Mackinac, conducting ice track maintenance and vessel escorts.

4/5 - St. Marys River Saturday - Graham Grattan
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Presque Isle completing the turn at Johnsons Point.
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USCG Katmai Bay assisting upbound James R. Barker on the Stribling Point turn.
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Algoma Transport upbound
- Skip Gillham
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One of three Algoma self-unloaders upbound in the Welland Canal on Saturday.

lgoma Enterprise leaves Port Weller Dry Dock - Russ Milland
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Departed winter lay-up at Port Weller dry dock Saturday heading upbound in the Welland Canal. Shown here heading for Lock 2 proudly showing off her beautiful new coat of paint.

- Bob Vincent
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Great Republic loading under CSX #4 machine
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CSX Dumper
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Pig Hole
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Field Pusher going back for more cargo

Soo Traffic
- David Kaye
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James R Barker upbound for the Soo Lock Canal.
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At the International Bridge.
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Presque Isle upbound at the International bridge.
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Sailing in to the sunset.


4/4 - Recent Soo Traffic
- David Kaye
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Edwin H. Gott downbound at the West Pier of the Lock Canal.
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Roger Blough downbound for the Poe Lock.
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USCG Alder At the West Pier.
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USCG Mackinaw.
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Burns Harbor up bound at Mission Point.

CCGS Samuel Risley arrives in Thunder Bay Thursday - Justin Eloranta
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CSL Tadoussac as she sat for winter lay-up
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Algosoo about complete winter work
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Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley busy breaking ice in Thunder Bay
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CCGS Samuel Risley docking at sunset

CWB Marquis at the Cote Ste-Catherine Lock Thursday - Roland Van Bulck
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CWB Marquis approaching CSC Lock
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lining up
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Squeezing in the lock
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Martha L. Black waiting above Cote St-Catherine Lock for CWB Marquis
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Welland Canal Thursday - Paul Beesley
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CCGS Griffon crooked in Lock 2.  It's happened to me several times!  There was strong SSW winds and this would blow the stern over before a stern line could be secured.  Doesn't happen to most lakers because they nearly fill the lock so the stern can't go very far.
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Griffon's workboat at the buoy above Lock 1.  During their canal transit the Griffon checked all the canal buoys for damage, position, markings, and placed lanterns on those that are lit during the season.  It's quicker to do it with a small workboat and safer because some of the buoys are on the edge of the channel and the wind would blow the ship onto the bank.
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Crane is ready to recover the work boat.
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Just to the left of where it says "Lock 1 - Upper Wall" is a long section of water.  This has been there for ages.
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 In this photo you can see that it has been filled in, and the wall has been completely rebuilt.


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