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Seaway opens for its 54th season

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An unofficial start to the spring and summer season Thursday, as the St. Lawrence Seaway officially opened with three separate ceremonies. It's the 54th season for the seaway.

The Thousand Islands saw its first ship of the season before the opening--on Wednesday. The Missisagi winters in Hamilton, Ontario, so it didn't need to go through any locks to get to Prescott.

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Nora Flaherty
Digital Editor, News

The seaway opening also means it’s the start of shipwatching season in the Thousand Islands. Mike Folsom blogs at the ship watcher dot com.

He says ice breaking is often needed to get the seaway open in the spring, but this year’s exceptionally warm winter has meant there’s been almost no ice breaking—at least not in our region.

The majority of the ice breaking this year took place in the St. Mary’s river in the upper lakes. But here the weather’s been phenomenal, and there’s a little  bit of ice breaking duty  that the Seaway had called for in the canal between Snell and Eisenhower locks, but other than that it’s been wide open.

Folsom says ships were waiting in Montreal and on the Welland Canal, to pass through the locks, a few days before the Seaway opening.

Nora Flaherty spoke with Folsom on Thursday afternoon.


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