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Aug 7 -11, 2016


8/11 - Roger Blough departed the CN Duluth Docks on Tuesday afternoon  - Ed Labernik

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Roger Blough makes its turn to starboard in Superior Bay of the Duluth Harbor Basin to line itself up with the Duluth Ship Canal after departing CN Duluth.
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Spectators line up along the Duluth Ship Canal to welcome the Blough back into service.  This was its first load of iron ore pellets since coming out of dry dock in Sturgeon Bay following the Gros Cap Reef grounding.
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The Blough passes between the North Pier Light and the South Pier Lighthouse on the Duluth Piers.
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Roger Blough passes the North Pier Light and out into Lake Superior.
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Well out into Lake Superior, the Blough adjusts its destination for Gary, IN.

8/11 -
Soo and St. Clair Rivers - Graham Grattan

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Roger Blough upbound at Mission Point Sunday in the St. Marys River.
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Roger Blough approaching Mission Point.
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Roger Blough above Pointe Louise, just about to turn and line-up the Brush Point Ranges over her stern.
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American Spirit downbound on Lake St. Clair.
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American Spirit on Lake St. Clair with the Detroit skyline in the distance.
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Buffalo downbound the St. Clair River and James R. Barker unloading at Recors Point.
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Thalassa Desgagnes at the Sarnia Sun Oil dock and Presque Isle in the foreground.
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Thunder Bay upbound the St. Clair River passing Stag Island.
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Intrepid Canada downbound the Detroit River.
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Algosea upbound the St. Clair River passing the town of St. Clair.
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USCGC Hollyhock upbound the St. Clair River passing Russell Island.
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Hon. James L. Oberstar upbound the St. Clair River passing Harsens Island.
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Erria Swan has changed pilots at the Detroit Pilot Station.

8/11 -
CSL Welland at Ste-Catherine - Roland Van Bulck

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CSL Welland tying-up at the Ste-Catherine wharf
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8/11 -
Ks Yacht Norge up bound past Summertown LookOut - Brenda Benoit

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  Summerstown Ontario August 10 2016 - 6pm.
 HNoMY Norge, the royal yacht of the King of Norway, with King Harald V on board, was westbound in the Seaway at the St. Lambert Lock on Wednesday afternoon. Her destination is Toronto. One of only three remaining royal yachts in Europe, the ship's name is Norwegian Bokmål for Norway. Norge was the Norwegian people's gift to King Haakon VII in 1947. The royal standard is flown from the aftermost mast when the king is on board.      

8/11 -
St. Mary's River - Scott McLellan

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  Manitoulin upbound at Johnson's Point with coal for Essar Steel.
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Spruceglen upbound at Johnson's Point on her first trip of the season, heading for Thunder Bay.
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Polsteam's San upbound at Coyle Point.

8/11 -
Welland Canal - Paul Beesley

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Calusa Coast passes the Thunder Bay above Lock 1.
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Chain Bridle on the barge Delaware; ready to be used in case the barge must be towed.
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Not a bad place to have to work.  Good scenery and calm waters.
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Hamilton harbour Queen below Lock 2.
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Hamilton Harbour Queen approaching Lock 1.  She was in Port Colborne for the annual Canal Days festival and was heading home after the holiday weekend.

8/11 - Welland Canal -
Barry Andersen

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Tecumseh clears Lock 3 as Thunder Bay approaches wall above Lock 3 to enter lock - 8.08.2016
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Thunder Bay - entering Lock 3 downbound as Tecumseh passes through bridge 5 headed to Lock 4
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Thunder Bay in Lock 3 downbound - 8.08.2016
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Thunder Bay - deck sprinklers help to keep vessel from hogging at the bow and stern in this hot summer - 8.08.2016
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Malmo (Mlt) - downbound clear of Lock 4 - 8.08.2016
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Malmo (Mlt) - downbound approaching Lock 3 at bridge 5 - 8.08.2016
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Atlantic Enterprise - upbound at bridge 4 headed for Erie, PA refurbishing
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BBC Manitoba (Lbr) - downbound clear of Lock 4
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Belasitza (Mlt) - downbound clear of Lock 2 headed to Lock 1
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Ocean Castle (Mlt) - downbound clear of Lock 2
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Ocean Castle (Mlt) - downbound clear of Lock 4
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Puffin (Jam) downbound clear of Lock 2
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Puffin (Jam) downbound clear of Lock 4 - port of registry not seen very often

8/11 - St. Clair River traffic, Sunday August 7
- Kevin Majewski

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San upbound at Marysville.
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Stern view.
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Algoma Olympic loading at the Cargill dock in Sarnia.
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SCT Stockhorn moored at the Shell Oil dock in Corunna.

8/11 - Cuyahoga River Tow -
Rich Nicholls

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Tug Iowa on the bow.
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Barge Delaware and tug Calusa Coast
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8/11 -
Recent Soo Traffic - David Kaye

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Presque Isle
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Ken Boothe Sr.
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American Spirit
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State Of Michigan
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Lee A Tregurtha
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Hon James L Oberstar

8/11 - Recent Detroit area traffic

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Pilot change on the San
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Wave from the crew.
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Pilot off
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Ambassador Bridge and not a could in the sky.
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Thunder Bay upbound
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Diamond Queen on an afternoon tour.
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Sam Laud
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Pilot change on the Malmo
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Friendly deck crew.
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Tug Junior C II
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Pizza delivery to the Friendship
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Detroit Princess turning below the Ambassador Bridge.
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Lee A. Tregurtha downbound
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Something unique about a riveted hull built for World War II service.
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The ship served as an oiler in the Pacific Theater and later converted for Great Lakes service.
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H Lee White
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Shadows from the low evening sun.
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Great Republic unloading
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Crew prepares the Friendship for the BoatNerd Cruise Saturday.
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Drone picture of the Portofino Restaurant in Wyandotte. Chart yacht Portofino on the left, Friendship on the right.
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In the Rouge River
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Pizza delivery after a pilot change
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Along side at Mistersky Fuel Dock
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Groceries up
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It's universal, 5 gallon buckets disappear everywhere.
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Mail by the pail
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Capt Mary Taylor heads the Westcott II for the Tecumseh.
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Crew change
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Edwin H. Gott upbound.
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Lee A. Tregurtha downbound.
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Portofino at the Portofino
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Newlyweds on the Ovation turning below the Ambassador Bridge.
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Portofino on a recent 5-year inspection - Picture by Capt. Bill Griffore
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passed with flying colors.

Recent Point Edward/Sarnia Passages
- Marc Dease

Cuyahoga up bound in the St. Clair River.

Cason J. Callaway up bound in the St. Clair River.

Algoma Olympic eases by the Algorail.

Making the elevator dock.

Taking on a load at the elevator in Sarnia.

Mississagi heads into Lake Huron.

Saginaw up bound in the St. Clair River.

Lee A. Tregurtha heads into Lake Huron.

G3 Marquis heads into Lake Huron.

Paul R.Tregurtha down bound in Lake Huron.

American Spirit heads into Lake Huron.

Ojibway up bound for the Government dock in Sarnia.

Easing past the Algorail.

Almost close enough to touch.

Squeezing into her berth.

Almost there.

Algoway heads into Lake Huron.

Algorail awaiting her fate.

Kaye E. Barker meeting the Tecumseh as the American Century follows.

American Century down bound above 1 & 2.

Paul R. Tregurtha meets fleet mate James R. Barker above 1 & 2.

Algoma Harvester taking on a load at the elevator.

Baie St. Paul meets fleet mate CSL Assiniboine.

Michipicoten up bound above the Black River entrance.

Ojibway laid up until September.

John D. Leitch down bound at buoys 1 & 2.

Thunder Bay heads into Lake Huron.

8/1 through 8/4 - Welland Canal
- Barry Andersen

Algoma Harvester down bound clear of Lock 2.

Algoma Harvester heads toward wall down bound as Robert S. Pierson clears Lock 1 and passes upbound. 

Thunder Bay clears Lock 2 downbound as Robert S. Pierson approaches Lock 2.

Federal Nakagawa enters Lock 3 downbound.


Mississagi downbound slides along the wall above Lock 3 with Stephen B. Roman in Lock 5 downbound.

Mississagi pilothouse.

Mississagi downbound approaching Bridge 4.

Pearl Mist downbound headed for Lock 2 as dusk appoaches.

Recent Welland Canal Passages
- Brenda Benoit

Empire Sandy


Federal Nakagawa

Tug Sea Eagle II and barge St. Marys Cement II

Stephen B. Roman

8/1 & 8/2 - Fleming Channel, Detroit River
- Ted Hanifan

Baie St. Paul upbound for Superior, WI.


The Edwin H. Gott upbound for Two Harbors MN.


8/3 - St. Clair River Traffic
- Kevin Majewski

Whitefish Bay downbound at Marysville.

ATB Olive L. Moore/Lewis J. Kuber upbound at Marysville.

Whitefish Bay and Olive L. Moore/Lewis J. Kuber meet above Stag Island.

7/30 & 7/31 - Duluth/Superior - Phil Lynch

Herbert C. Jackson at Fraser Shipyards.

Paul R Tregurtha backing under Bong Bridge, to load coal at the Superior Midwest Energy dock.



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