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Two ships passing in the afternoon

The Samuel Risley and the Alexander Henry, one a current icebreaker and buoy tender, the other a former buoy tender, share a special connection



The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley met up with a former Coast Guard buoy tender on Lake St. Clair Friday June 23 2017. The two ships have a special connection. 
The Alexander Henry served on the Great Lakes from 1959 to 1984. It was replaced by the CCGS Samuel Risley, a powerful icebreaker and buoy tender providing essential maritime services on the Great Lakes.
The Alexander Henry was constructed by the Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. on Lake Superior.

Once decommissioned by the Coast Guard it spent thirty years in Kingston as a marine museum attraction. It was recently purchased by the Lakehead Transportation Museum Society of Thunder Bay. 
It is being towed to Thunder Bay by the tug boat Salvage Monarch and is expected to arrive there Tuesday.
The Museum Society plans to use the Alexander Henry as a tourist attraction.
Photos courtesy of the Canadian Coast Guard