Annual opening ceremony took place this morning at Lock 3.
Lower Lakes Towing's Robert S Pierson was the first ship upbound and received the top hat for 2017.
Above: Well used Port Colborne fairleads.
Below: Two seaway flags and two company flags on the foremast.
Above: Dressed for the occasion.
Below: Fences & Signs.
Below: Vacuum pad system in Lock 3.
Two views of the ship waiting in the lock.
Above: Alternate transportation on the Robert S Pierson.
Two more views.
I had to get the Canadian Coast Guard flag in there somewhere!
Clear of the lock and upbound.
Above: Moving under the Glendale bridge.
Approaching Lock 4 East.
I don't know if the vacuum system is complete on the west side.
If not, perhaps that is why the ship went up the downbound side.