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Not long after the Welland Canal opened for the season I spent the day in Port Colborne, on Lake Erie, to photograph ships. Does it get any better?
Algoma Transport upbound above Bridge 21, Welland Canal.
Cement Carrier NACC Argonaut also above Bridge 21 heading out to Lake Erie.
Above: Canadian Coast guard buoy depot above Lock 8.
Retired cement carriers English River and Paul H Townsend at the Marine Recycling Corporation scrapyard in Port Colborne. More on this company, click here.
Followed by sister-ship G3 Marquis.
Another cement carrier; Sea Eagle II.
Iver Bright downbound below Lock 2.
Above: Ice on the bulbous bow, must have come from Lake Erie or the southern approaches to Lock 8.
Former USCGC Bramble downbound toward Lock 7.
A new owner was hoping to take the ship through the NorthWest Passage to highlight its trip through the Passage in 1957.
The Bramble was a museum ship at the Bean dock in Port huron for several years.
More on the ship here.
Gosh, it even has a buoy on deck.
A few days later...
CSL Tadoussac upbound above Lock 1.
John D Leitch being manoeuvered from the drydock in Port Weller, just above Lock 1.
With assistance from the tugs Ocean A Gauthier & Ocean A Simard.
Below: Ocean A Gauthier.
More on Groupe Ocean towing services here.
Below: Ocean A Simard.
Below: Still the most distinctive ship on the Great Lakes.