The last ship upbound to reach Lake Erie, was the ice-breaker, CCGS GRIFFON. Though the season was to end December 29, many ships were delayed due to ice conditions east of Valleyfield, so the GRIFFON and several Ocean Group harbour tugs were kept busy churning up the channels and lock approaches at Beauharnois, Cote Ste. Catherine, and St. Lambert. The last saltie to clear was the bulk carrier ORSULA which on December 25th, ran aground near Cape Vincent. After discharging some of her cargo of grain, she was freed with the aid of tugs. She is still in Montreal having her damaged propeller repaired.
Meanwhile, the GRIFFON made it to Port Colborne early on New Years Day and today is keeping the channel clear of ice-packs along the Detroit River. Okay, time to finishing packing and get out of the 'Great White North'. Back in touch in about a week or so. Adios!! c);-b
|CCCS GRIFFON taken March 8, 2006. To read more about her and the winter layup in Port Colborne that year, check out at: http://carlzboats.blogspot.ca/2012/05/ccg-ice-breaker-griffon.html|