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May 8 - 16, 2017


5/14 - Welland Canal
  - Bill Bird

The Welland Canal was closed Saturday afternoon, May 13th. Federal Cedar was stuck in Lock 5 East.

The problem was an oil leak in the flight locks due to the malfunctioning of canal equipment. A boom was placed at the north end of Lock 4 east.

Workers test the water to make sure the spillage is contained.

Even when traffic resumed shortly after noon Sunday, Federal Cedar stayed put. Downbound ships used the west side of the locks meaning upbounders would have to wait. It wasn't until after supper that Federal Cedar would be underway.

Among those held up was Tim S Dool seen here entering Lock 7.
Dool had a cargo of iron ore for Arcelor Mittal Dofasco in Hamilton. 

Water problems of a different nature at Port Dalhousie, west of the canal.

High water levels of Lake Ontario have the pier walls under water. The top of a bench and a bit of a ladder can be seen on the west side.

On the east, the Dalhousie Yacht Club is under siege.

A wider view.

Despite cool brisk winds, a couple of sailors decided to try their luck on the lake.

5/12 and 5/16 - Alpena
- Ben & Chanda McClain


Duluth and Sarah B. with barges and equipment

5/14 and 5/15 - Detroit
- Chris Byczek

HHL Rhine

Huron Maid

CSL Assiniboine

Joseph H. Thompson

Paul R. Tregurtha

Edwin H. Gott

5/13 - Erie
- Brian Wroblewski

Indiana Harbor at the Donjon Shipyard.

5/10 - Marblehead
- U.S. Coast Guard

Crewmember airlifted off Joseph H. Thompson, Jr.

See the BoatNerd news page on May 12th for more details.

5/16 - St. Marys River
- Graham Grattan

Mesabi Miner

Algoma Discovery

5/9, 5/10 and 5/16 - Sainte Catherine and South Shore Canal
- Roland Van Bulck

John D. Leitch downbound in the Seaway South Shore Canal. 

Federal Kivalina sliding the wall at the Côte-Sainte-Catherine Lock.

Federal Danube downbound in the South Shore Canal.

Taïga Desgagnés downbound in the South Shore Canal near Ste-Catherine.

Mississagi downbound for Montreal.

5/13 and 5/14 - Sault Ste. Marie
- Rick Strevel

American Integrity

BBC Thames

Federal Cedar

Federal Danube

Federal Kivaline


5/5 through 5/14 - St. Clair River
- Richard Gebhart


Joseph L. Block



Edgar B. Speer




Taïga Desgagnés

Fairchem Friesian

Atlantic Huron



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