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December 12 - 13, 20

12/13 - Soo Traffic - David Kaye
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Isadora waiting at the West Pier.
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Arthur M Anderson waiting for ice to be cleared from around the lock doors.
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 Indiana Harbor down bound for the Poe Lock.
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Indiana Harbor iced.
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Indiana Harbor bow ice.
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Alpena rounding Mission Point.
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Alpena rudder.
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Army Corps Harvey at the entrance to the MacArthur Lock.

 J.W. Westcott 2013 Shipping Season - John Belliveau
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 Ice in the Detroit River about an inch thick
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 At 15 degrees out spray freezes instantly
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 About 70 percent of the Detroit river had ice on it
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Breaking through the ice
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Another view of icy Detroit River
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Broken ice trail made by the J. W. Westcott II
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Made a loud rumbling and cracking sound as we broke through
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Approaching tug Ken Boothe Sr. and barge Lakes Contender
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Tug Ken Boothe Sr. and barge Lakes Contender just departed an overnight anchoring near Bell Isle due to low water levels.
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Close-up of the Tug Ken Boothe Sr.
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Happy crew as we line up to make the delivery
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Packages and mail go aboard the tug
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Delivery complete, we depart the tug/barge combo
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Heading back to the Westcott dock

USCG Mackinaw working Aid to Navigation in the Straits of Mackinac Wednesday
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An early start to the ice season means the crew of Mackinaw has to race to complete Operation Fall Retrieve before the ice floes set firm and damage the navigational buoys.
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 Crew hooks the ice-covered Mackinac Bridge Lighted Bell Buoy 1
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Buoys and concrete anchors secured to the cutter's deck as they head to port fully loaded with buoys pulled from the Straits of Mackinac

Algoma Equinox arriving in Port of Duluth-Superior Wednesday morning - Robert Welton/ Duluth Seaway Port Authority
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BNSF loads iron ore pellets into cargo holds of the Algoma Equinox

12/12 - Twin Ports Wednesday - Tom Caine
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Algoma Montrealais finishing unloading at Duluth
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Lee A. Tregurtha anchored off Duluth
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American Courage departing Graymont Limestone Dock, Superior
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Tug Kentucky in Superior Front Channel
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Heritage Marine tugs
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Tug Mount McKay, Superior
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Tug Tolsma Bay at old NP Ore Dock, Superior
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USCGC Katmai Bay arriving Duluth on Monday.

Soo Traffic - David Kaye
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Algomarine downbound for the Soo Locks.
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Algomarine Bow ice.
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Tug Undaunted and barrage Pere Marquette 41 at the west Pier.
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Pere Marquette 41
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Paul R Tregurtha showing its Christmas spirit.

Shipping at Sorel-Tracy
- Rene Beauchamp
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Sharon M I, the newest tug in the McKeil fleet towing their huge barge Nunavut Spirit from Montreal to Sydney, N.S. on Tuesday.
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Lisbon Express upbound on Tuesday off Sorel-Tracy heading to Montreal.
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Navios Lyra awaiting at the anchorage for dock space to load grain.
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Halsted Bay awaiting for orders.

Welland Canal -
Paul Beesley
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Baie St Paul leaving Lock 1, downbound.
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Baie St Paul on her way to Port Weller piers and Lake Ontario.
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Cuyahoga & Mapleglen pass above Lock 3.
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 Algoma Equinox on her first trip through the canal, above Lock 7.
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 Equinox on her way to Port Colborne, then Lake Erie.
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Mapleglen below Lock 2.
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Mapleglen glides toward Lock 1.
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Algoma Enterprise passes the shipyard in Port Weller.
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Alouette Spirit pushed by the Wilf Seymour below Lock 2.
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Wilf Seymour on her way to Lock 1.
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Fraserborg below the High bridge.
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 Fraserborg on her way down to Lock 2.
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Vancouverborg above Lock 3.
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USCGC 47285 (Rochester) at the Homer bridge.
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Rochester on her way toward Lock 2.  This 47 foot Search & Rescue, self-righting cutter is the same design as the CCGC Cape Commodore whose photo appeared a few days ago.

Work  above Lock 2 in the Welland Canal
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Appears to be part of the  tie-up wall renewal work.
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Crews are removing timber tie-up walls and the construction of new tie-up walls using steel and concrete.
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