For the next few days the Risley will work Western Lake Erie and the lower Detroit River. A particularly troublesome spot for winter shipping is the Livingstone Channel in the lower river.  Completed in 1912, the Livingstone Channel is a narrow deep draft shipping channel that was built using explosives to blast away the solid limestone rock. Its size, current and location can caused the channel to fill will ice, halting shipping. Normally used by downbound traffic only, in the winter it is open to both up and downbound traffic and the only channel open for navigation. 

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