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 on: April 19, 2019, 03:28:23 pm 
Started by Paul Bradshaw - Last post by Tristin Woolf
Slight correction to yesterdayís post: The Pierre Radisson did in fact reach Midland successfully, and both ice breaker and freighter are finally on the move out through Georgian Bay! I suppose that the hardest work to break ice is now behind us, and ice breaking activity should start to calm down, especially with Samuel Risley up and running again. Another hint of this is that USCG Mackinaw has headed back to her home port.

 on: April 18, 2019, 10:38:10 pm 
Started by Paul Bradshaw - Last post by Tristin Woolf
Was away for a while traveling, but am back now and have seen all the unusual ice breaker activity! The past couple weeks have been very interesting;
CCG Samuel Risley went down with engine troubles, keeping her docked in Thunder Bay. This forced USCG Alder to spend a bit of time in Thunder Bay until Canadian reinforcements arrived. Those reinforcements included CCG Griffon and Pierre Radisson. (Unsure of exactly when and what order they arrived in.)
Within those couple weeks, several attempts were made by both US and Canadian coast guard to break out heavy ice in Georgian Bay to free a Canadian freighter that is trapped in Midland. The Pierre Radisson was the primary vessel to attempt to break through, which she attempted two times, unsuccessfully, before heading up towards Thunder Bay.
All of this movement caused CCG Amundsen and Des Groseilliers to take over in the lower lakes, and we even saw Martha L. Black here for a short period of time. Amundsen has since returned to Quebec and Des Groseilliers is still south of the Welland Canal.

Yesterday, the Pierre Radisson made a third attempt to break through Georgian Bay, which appears to have been unsuccessful.
As of today, the Samuel Risley appears to be back up and running, and joins Griffon in Thunder Bay operations. The rest of the focus has been placed on Whitefish Bay, north of the Soo, where USCG Mackinaw has been tirelessly assisting vessels for weeks. Among other vessels to assist in that area over the past two weeks include USCG Hollyhock, Biscayne Bay, and Katmai Bay.

It has been very interesting to watch, especially with all the unusual visits by CCG vessels. The most interesting to follow is the ongoing struggle to get the freighter BAIE COMEAU (IMO 9639892) out of the ice trap in Midland.

 on: April 18, 2019, 07:58:04 pm 
Started by Propslip - Last post by davidships
The library you are referring to is the Guildhall Library, follow the signs for "Guildhall", next door - Lloyd's List, the voyage record cards and much more.

 on: April 18, 2019, 06:49:44 pm 
Started by Propslip - Last post by Tom Walker
If it is shipping in the London/Thames area that you need to research then Lloyd's List used to publish various columns/articles on various days.  In the 1950s that included Saturdays.  On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays ships expected in the major UK ports were published.  On Tuesdays a round-up of the recent ship sales, including those sold for scrap (I remember Liberty ships going for scrap for £12,000 to £15,000 at one time).  Wednesdays was launches, new contracts signed, and a round-up of the repair and shipbuilding yards in the UK.  Everyday had arrivals/sailings geographically grouped, casualty news, and ships in port in the major ports.  London also had coverage with London - In the River and entrance and clearance in London Custom House and also news on the freight markets.  In the 50s it sold for 4d. per copy.

Another source of movement information was the daily Journal of Commerce published daily in Liverpool.  I was a latecomer to that paper but recall that it also had movements and expected arrivals and had maps of the main ports to help readers find the berths referred to.  I'm not sure if the latter paper is kept by the Borough Library.

Best regards


 on: April 18, 2019, 03:33:41 pm 
Started by Propslip - Last post by Propslip
Thanks for that Tom. I am located in Southend so I will check this out & make it a day trip I think. Far to many gaps in my records where I have miss-read or misspelt a ahips name.

 on: April 18, 2019, 10:44:18 am 
Started by csaba - Last post by GERALDINE
Agree with all of the above coments.
Here I thought I was the only member who had deleted postings.
It hurts at the time especially when you notice inferior postings going through,
especially in the Mystery Ships Category.
I shall get over it and continue on,
Onya to EVERYONE'S postings,
Always enjoyed.

 on: April 18, 2019, 06:55:31 am 
Started by Ship's Cat - Last post by rene2805
BBC SKYSAILS   9399129   Antigua  now   ONEGO DEUSTO   Dutch

 on: April 18, 2019, 04:07:40 am 
Started by Frans Eykel - Last post by Rocksmix
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 on: April 18, 2019, 04:03:53 am 
Started by Patalavaca - Last post by Rocksmix
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 on: April 17, 2019, 07:08:32 pm 
Started by Jens Boldt - Last post by seaweasel
Hello to all of you,

I fully agree with the above statement from Jens and hope that every photographer will include the ENI and/or IMO of an inland vessel if such figures are externally visible or known. Inland shipping is perhaps somewhat underrated by some members, but if you have seen the interaction of see-going and inland vessels in big harbours like Antwerpen or Rotterdam it's obvious that these are the two sides of one coin. It is a truly fascinating and perfect interaction between very different kind of vessels acting together like larger and smaller cogwheels of a clockwork and being absolutely dependant on each other. And the variety and often very interesting and long history of many inland vessels are really impressive. The more you know about the branche of inland shipping the more interesting it gets, in any case that's what I have experienced during the last years.

Best wishes to all of you and happy shipspotting !

Cheers, Hans

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