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April 9 - 10, 2015

4/10 - Owen Sound Thursday - Torben Hawksbridge
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Saginaw backing away from the Great Lakes Elevator to start a new season.
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Neah Bay refuelling in Owen Sound.
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Saginaw backing out into the bay, Algomarine and Neah Bay on the east wall.
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Algomarine preparing to depart, the Chi-Cheemaun still has a few weeks left before starting her season.
4/9 - Canadian Coast Guard Ship Pierre Radisson at the Soo - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photos by Michelle Briggs
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A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employee waits to receive the mooring lines as the Radisson eases into position in the Poe Lock.
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Raised to the Lake Superior level the linehandler removes the mooring line from the button as the Radisson prepares to depart.
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The Pierre Radisson typically works in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and St. Lawrence River during the winter and in the arctic during the summer. She is 322 feet long, 63 feet wide and boasts 15,000 horsepower to cut through ice over 3 feet thick at 6 knots.
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The Pierre Radisson prepares to make its way past the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw above the locks.

Ice blockade above the Soo Tuesday - USCG
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The Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Samuel Risley continues ice breaking operations on eastern Lake Superior, creating tracks that will enable 18 vessels currently being staged to continue transiting to and from the lower Great Lakes
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U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Mackinaw (foreground) and Alder continue ice breaking operations on eastern Lake Superior, creating tracks that will enable 18 vessels currently being staged to continue transiting to and from the lower Great Lakes, April 7, 2015. Ongoing ice breaking operations are part of the Spring Breakout phase of Operation Taconite.
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Welland Canal - Barry Andersen

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Peter R. Cresswell upbound headed for Lock 2
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Purha (Fin) upbound headed for Lock 2 on first trip into the Great Lakes
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afterhouse - no shortage of deck lighting for night work
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stack on Purha - Neste Oil
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CWB Marquis upbound headed for Lock 2 on her first trip up the Welland Canal in drizzle
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logo marking on stack
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Marquis upbound headed for Lock 3 at dusk and in drizzle
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Jarrett M under Nadro Marine colors downbound clear of Lock 2

Seaway Wednesday - Roland Van Bulck

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CSL Welland above Cote Ste-Catherine Lock
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Amundsen meeting CSL Welland in South Shore Canal
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Amundsen stern view

Seaway traffic at Mariatown - Ron Beaupre
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The first upbound freighter in the Seaway after opening was the Adfines Star.
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Tundra was the second upbound freighter.
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CSL St Laurent on her maiden voyage to the Great Lakes passing Mariatown.
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Upbound at Mariatown.

Saginaw in Owen Sound - Jason Day

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Her bow is in the turning notch, The old grain boats with no thrusters used that notch to turn around. It is in the notch for main engine break-in period following the main engine overhaul.

Whitefish Bay and Baie Comeau upbound Wednesday Blue Water Bridge - Matt Jones
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Baie Comeau Chief Engineer and fellow Boatnerd David Cooke working on deck.

CCGS Pierre Radisson - Don Detloff
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Soo Traffic
- David Kaye
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Canadian Coast Guard Pierre Radisson arrives in the Soo.
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Pierre entering the Poe Lock.
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Pierre Radisson in the Poe Lock.
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Defiance/Ashtabula up bound at the West Pier.
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Paul R Tregurtha up bound at Mission Point.
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 Tecumseh upbound at Misson Point.
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Roger Blough upbound at Mission Point.
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Edwin H. Gott upbound at Mission point.
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Edwin H. Gott leaving the Poe Lock.
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Katmai Bay at Mission Point.
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Canadair CL-215
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CWB Marquis first trip through the Seaway - Joe Delaronde
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April 2 at Kahnawake, Quebec as she made her maiden voyage to the Lakes.
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Welland Canal - Paul Beesley
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Martha L Black has been sent from the St Lawrence Seaway to Lake Erie to assist with icebreaking for commercial ships on the lake.  Early in the morning she left Lock 1 unbound.
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 The Black is a Class 1100, six of which were built in the mid 80s.
The CCGS Martha L Black is known for her versatility, that allows her to offer marine support to the regional programs. Her primary mission as a buoy tender is to lay, recover and service buoys using her heavy lifting boom, whose maximum lifting capacity is 17 tons. She also carries out fixed aids maintenance and reconstruction operations.

The vessel's AC/AC propulsion system with cycloconverter and special bow enable her to conduct icebreaking and ship escort operations in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and on the St. Lawrence and Saguenay Rivers, as well as in the St. Lawrence Seaway.

The Martha L Black was overhauled a few years ago to ensure that she can effectively carry out scientific missions in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence. As well, she is regularly assigned to search and rescue operations because of her manoeuvrability.

The vessel is also assigned to pollution response operations and fishing monitoring activities. She is equipped with a helicopter deck. Although the Martha L Black is based in Qu?ec, she can be deployed anywhere like all other Coast Guard vessels.  -  Canadian Coast Guard web site
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 In this photo you get a good idea of how her lifting gear is rigged. 
Type:  Light icebreaker - Major buoy tender
Length:  83 m
Breadth:  16,2 m
Draft:  6 m
Full charge displacement:  5 028,8 tonnes
Power:  5 250 kW
Maximum speed:  15,1 knots
Cruising speed:  13 knots
Core crew:  25
Builder:  Versatile Pacific Shipyards Inc, B.C.
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Closer look at the various blocks at the front of the wheelhouse.  It's an interesting puzzle to take apart and re-rig!
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Lifeboat and SP Barge.  SP, Self-propelled.  These are usually 28 feet long but for the Great Lakes ships they were 26 feet long.  They are built to carry out buoy work in water too shallow for the ship, have azimuthal drive, two winches run by a power take-off on the diesel engine and have large tanks and associated pumps for delivering fuel to shore sites.
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In the pond between Locks 6 & 7.
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Raising in Lock 7.  These 1100-class ships are good icebreakers and excellent sea-boats.
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 The ship was named for Martha Louise Black, n? Munger, naturalist (b at Chicago, Ill 24 Feb 1866; d at Whitehorse, YT 1 Nov 1957). Despite her ladylike veneer, she was remarkably tough. In 1898 she abandoned Chicago society to join the Klondie Gold Rush. Fascinated by the North, Martha Black returned in 1901 to open a milling business and support her 3 sons by her first marriage. In 1904 she married George Black and instantly became a loyal Canadian Conservative.

When George Black was appointed commissioner of the Yukon (1912-18), Martha reigned as first lady. She followed Black to England during WWI; there she received an OBE for her aid to Yukon servicemen and became a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society for her work with Yukon flora. When George Black was unable to defend his Commons seat in 1935, Martha ran instead. At 70, she campaigned the vast Yukon constituency - often on foot - to become the second woman ever elected to the Canadian Parliament. Martha Black had style and spirit; northerners appreciated these qualities and made her a legend.  -  The Canadian Encyclopedia
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A good way to rig your fenders.
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 little kick astern on the starboard propellor to keep the stern away from the wall.  These ships are powered by three large diesels and a cyclo-converter.  To see what that is visit this site:
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As of April 7th there have not been many transits of the Welland Canal due mainly to ice conditions.  Robert S Pierson shown here below Lock 2 is only the 2nd down bounder I believe.
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Peter R Cresswell inches out of Lock 1.
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Hard working ship.
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Floragracht, first saltie of the season, above Lock 2.  Before she arrived there were at least two salties into Lake Ontario that did not need to transit the canal.
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One of the many designs of bulbous bow.
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Approaching the High Bridge. 


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