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December 29, 2004

Compiled by George Wharton

Lock 7- Dec. 28, 2004 by Alex Howard

Detroit River Mailboat Closing Day 12-20-04 John Meyland

Mail boat J. W. Westcott II waits for Algomarine as the ice covered Federal Shimanto (Panama) approaches the mail station.

Pilot boat Huron Maid leaves 12/20/04 for winter storage at Port Huron.

Saltie Ostkap (Gibraltar) about to pass Algomarine.

Commemorative postal covers issued by the Motor City Stamp & Cover Club.

Cold Weather Action 12-27-04 John Meyland

Paul R. making way through sea smoke lower Lake Huron.

Frontenac showing results of icy trip downbound.

Standing tall at Sarnia Government Dock.

Milwaukee Andy LaBorde

The Leona B passes through the South 6th St. bridge.

Santa navigates from on top of the pilot house.
The tug and barge head for the power plant. In the background is the Lake
Express ferry. The large arch is Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Milwaukee G-tugs in their Christmas colors on December 24. Temperature; 1

The Burns Harbor heads north in 9 degree weather.
The Lake Express with the former Cargill grain elevator in the background.


Lee A. Tregurtha Rouge River. T. Welles

Being held up by a Train


Alpena Ben & Chanda McClain

Manitou bow view.

Stern view.

View of the river and path made by the Manitou in Alpena.


Saginaw River. Todd Shorkey

American Republic at Consumers Energy on Sunday.
American Republic upbound nearing the Essroc dock.

Head on view

Making the turn into the Bay Aggregates slip

Bow close up

Entering Bay Aggregates slip

Tug Barbara Andrie at Bit-Mat on Tuesday

Tug Barbara Andrie and barge A398 inbound at USCG Station Saginaw River

Tug close up

Backing and Ramming at the Essexville range lights.

Algorail inbound at the Front Range

Another view

Passing the American Republic

Algorail stern view

Santa Claus on the boom of Algorail

Tug  Gregory J. Busch upbound at Lafayette Bridge on Wednesday

Stern view

Tug Gregory J. Busch tied up at Essroc Tuesday


Detroit & Toledo. Mike Nicholls

Charles M. Beeghly.

Wyoming assisting.
Tug SHANNON at the Gaelic Dock.
Tug SEA EAGLE II tipped up for some kind of repair.
OGLEBAY NORTON unloading at Zug Island.

stern view
MARILYN H at Toledo Shipyard.
Hornbeck Barge in Toledo Drydock.
MARK HANNAH at Toledo Shipyard.

CANADIAN TRANSPORT unloading at Blue Circle Cement.
Close quarters in the Rouge River at the Conrail Bridge.  Gaelic's Capt. maneuvered through the gap with the barge MARYSVILLE and the PATRICIA HOEY.

SEA EAGLE II and ST MARYS CEMENT II unloading at Blue Circle Cement and the ADAM E CORNELIUS unloading at the old Inland Stone Dock across the river. 


Great Lakes Trader loading at Escanaba. Lee Rowe
Lee A. Tregurtha bow in Marquette. Lee Rowe

A frosty load
Burns Harbor entering St. Marys River from Lake Superior. Miles Williams

Saginaw was in Owen Sound. Ed Saliwonchyk

Another view
Michipicoten at Lock 1 Dec. 27 Eric

Portage. Hugh W. Gillett
Arthur M. Anderson Dec 29. Jeff Gushman


Calumet in Menominee. Scott Best

Wide view unloading coal

Backing out between the piers.

wide view departing

Close up backing past lighthouse in the ice



Spirit of America Launch Dick Lund, Scoot Best and Lee Rowe


Spirit of America was moved to the launch area at Marinette Marine on Saturday Dec. 11. Dick Lund

Close-up of the new name (she was originally to be named "The September 11th")
By Monday Dec. 13 the pilothouses have been added

The christening ceremony begins on Dec. 18

Spirit of America hits the Menominee River

Upright one minute after the launch

At dock at Marinette Marine with the tugs Erika Kobasic and Escort, which had assisted during the launch earlier

Spirit of America hits the water. Scott Best
Another view just after launch
Basic tugs Krystal and Escort on hand to assist docking the Spirit of America.



Tugs clearing the ice from the river. Lee Rowe

The "Spirit" hits the water

Ice moves toward the opposite shore.

Unique viewing stand.

State of Michigan
SAGUENAY upbound in the Lake Huron Cut
above Port Huron - 1989. Rod Burdick
Wind Point Light (Racine)  (winter 2001). Bart Shore
Grosse Point Light in Evanston, IL.  Bart Shore. April,  2004 from Chopper 780, WBBM Radio Chicago

American Victory at the slip in downtown Tampa, Florida. Bob Wroblewski

Main deck and rigging gear as seen from the Bow.

The center superstructure as seen from the stern.



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