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July 24-28, 2016


7/26 & 7/27 - Detroit River Traffic
  - Captain Mike Nicholls

Federal Nakagawa upbound passing Detroit bound for Thunder Bay, ON.
Boat unloaded off of the Federal Nakagawa at DMT Nicholson's. Sargo Boats, Kokkola, Finland.

Algoma Olympic downbound off Detroit bound for Becancour, Quebec.

7/17 - Fairport Harbor
- Rich Gibbs

Cuyahoga backing out of Fairport harbor on the Grand River (Ohio).

Bow View

7/27 - Hamilton
- Jan van der Doe

Stella Polaris docked in Hamilton

Port's website says it is unloading coal tar.



7/22 & 7/24 - Detroit River Traffic  - Captain Mike Nicholls

Algoma Guardian downbound passing Belle Isle.

Cuyahoga downbound passing Detroit to Ojibway Salt to load for Muskegon.

Tanker Erria Swan downbound passing Belle Isle.
Manitowoc fueling at Mistersky's.


Gaelic tug Patricia Hoey and Warner barge Marysville upbound for St. Clair Edison.


Megayacht Rock.It (Cayman Islands), built in 2014,  approaching Detroit Yacht Club.

Ryba tugs Tenacious and Kathy Lynn pushing 4 barges down the Detroit River bound for Toledo.


7/25 - Cleveland
- Kate White

Mississagi taken from the Lorain Carnegie Bridge.

7/23 - Hamilton and Welland Canal
- Mark Harris

Saginaw passing beneath the Burlington Bay Lift Bridge, leaving Hamilton, Ontario.

Heading out into Lake Ontario, bound for the Welland Canal.
Upbound between Locks 1 and 2.


6/23 through 7/4 - Straits of Mackinac and the St. Marys River
- Matt Miner

Mackinac Bridge

Algoma Harvester upbound at Mission Point.

Buffalo downbound.



John W. Boardman cottage in Detour.

Cason J. Calloway upbound at Mission Point.




Algoma Transport upbound.



Mackinaw City


Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

Mackinac Bridge

7/23 - St. Clair River Traffic
- Kevin Majewski

ATB Ken Boothe Sr./Lakes Contender upbound at Port Huron.

Stern view, entering Lake Huron.

LLT fleetmates, Manitoulin at the Cargill dock and Lewis J. Kuber rafted to the Ojibway at the Government dock in Sarnia.

Algonova moored at the Imperial Oil dock in Sarnia.

Erria Swan also moored at the Imperial Oil dock.

7/24 - Detroit River
- Bill Griffore






7/24 - Seaway South Shore Canal
- Roland Van Bulck

Kaministiqua bow view

Kaministiqua stern view.

7/23 - Welland Canal
- Bill Bird

Tug Avenger 4 and barge at Thorold.


Crew preparing to tie up above Lock 7. There was some type of labour situation with not enough personnel to secure vessels in the locks resulting in delays.

A short time later Nadro's Molly M 1 follows with a McKeil barge.


Molly M 1 and barge would tie up behind Avenger 4 and the two tugs and barges would combine for a tandem lockage.

English River on her way to Lock 3.


Built in the Netherlands, is registered in the Cayman Islands.  Room for ten guests and she has more than 3,000 horsepower.

Later in Lake Erie I noticed she was doing a modest 12.3 knots. and friends headed to the flight locks.

Federal Rideau clear of Lock 7

A friendly wave from the bridge.

She's headed to Thunder Bay.

7/21 - Saginaw River
-Todd Shorkey

Manitowoc unloading at the Bay City Wirt Stone Dock.

Boom view

"Sugar Stone" cargo

7/21-7/22 -  St. Joseph
- Mike Harting

Algoway arrived with a split load of salt.

The tug Ann Marie provided assistance.


The Alpena arrived overnight.


7/20 - Alpena
- Ben & Chanda McClain

Draken Harald Harfagre




Lady Michigan tourboat

7/11 through 7/15 - Welland Canal
- Barry Andersen

Algoma Enterprise down bound clear of lock 2,

Algoma Olympic down bound nearing Homer bridge on her first trip of 2016 season.

Algoma Equinox down bound just clear of lock 2.

Federal Churchill upbound clear of lock 8 in Port Colborne harbour.



Pearl Mist down bound approaching bridge 5 heading to lock 3.

Pearl Mist up bound after departing wharf 16.

7/15 - St. Clair River
  - Kent Armstrong

Algoscotia anchored in the middle of the St. Clair river near Marine City.

Paul Tregurtha upbound near Marysville.

7/17 - Marquette
- Luke Archer

Buffalo at the LS&I ore dock.


Lake Guardian, was in the Lower Harbor for a couple days.


Tours were available.

6/4 - Portland Maine - Paul Beesley


It is the new ferry running from Portland, Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Andrew McAllister

Andrew McAllister escorts the Anette toward the berth.
Behind all the plastic boats is the tanker Aspin Spirit (156,000 tons and 900' long)disgorging oil into the Portland / Montreal pipeline.


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