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A Seaway freighter passes under the bridge near Massena in December 2012.  Photo: David Sommerstein.
A Seaway freighter passes under the bridge near Massena in December 2012. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Seaway closes for season after delays clear

CAPE VINCENT, N.Y. (AP) The St. Lawrence Seaway is finally clear of ships after an early ice-up caused traffic jams that delayed the end-of-season closing by a day.

Lori Curran of the Seaway Development Corporation tells the Watertown Daily Times that the last time she could remember the Seaway having difficulties closing traffic for the season was in 1989.

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The Seaway, which provides a major shipping link between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic, was scheduled to close Monday night at midnight. One ship, the 656-foot grain-hauler Orsula, was delayed for a few days after it ran aground on rocks. Ice was blamed for more than 20 other delays.

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