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      Live Blog: Tracking the USS Edson

      Follow along with our live blog as the USS Edson gets tugged by "The Colonel".

      On July 18, the USS Edson began it's two-week journey from Philadelphia to Bangor Township where it will permanently dock and become a museum exhibit.

      Our own Bill Harris was in Philly earlier this week to see the ship off. From there it is in the hands of Dann Ocean Towing and a tugboat named "The Colonel".

      Several other boating websites will be tracking the Edson as it makes her journey.

      This live blog will also track her as she makes her way towards Michigan with the official updates from Dann Ocean Towing and their managers Randy Trapp and Mike Heckman.

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      July 19 (06:00 hrs) - The Edson and her tug have departed Philly and is currently 18 nautical miles southeast of Cape May, N.J. moving at 5.5 knots. It is expected to enter Canadian waters in approximately 72 hours.

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      July 20 (06:00 hrs) - After two days at seas, the Edson and her tug "The Colonel" are 26 miles off the shore of West Hampton Beach in Long Island. The average speed so far has been 6 knots. There is a little bit of weather to contend with, nothing major but enough to slow her down. The wind is out of the northeast at 15-20 knots and there are 5-7 foot seas.

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      July 21 (06:00 hrs) - Day three of the USS Edson's journey. She can be seen south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The Edson is traveling at 5.5 knots, and the weather has been cooperative thus far.

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      July 23 (06:00 hrs) - Day five of the USS Edson's journey as the boat is close to making its turn around Nova Scotia. She is currently 97 miles southwest of Halifax moving at 7 knots. So far after five days of travel, the boat has an average speed of 6 knots. Weather and sea conditions are calm and pleasant today with 5-10 knot winds and 2 foot seas.

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      July 24 (06:00 hrs) - Day six of the USS Edon's journey has tracked the boat 52 nautical miles east of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is currently moving at 6.8 knots and is facing some weather today with winds out of the southeast at 25 knots and 3-5 foot sea. Projections have the Edson arriving in Montreal on July 30 where she will meet up with other boats and trade pilots. From there, she is projeced to be in the Montreal area around August 1 and finally arriving in Bay City on August 5.

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      July 25 (06:00 hrs) - One week into her journey the USS Edson finds herself 32 miles east off the coast of Sydney, Nova Scotia, one of the northern most cities in North America. There is still some minor weather to deal with as winds are out of the southeast at 20-25 knots and seas are 5-7 feet. The Edson is still projected to arrive in the Montreal area on August 1 and in Bay City on August 5.

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      July 26 (06:00 hrs) - On day eight the USS Edson is 36 nautical miles off the northeast coast of the Magdalen Islands, which are located off the coast of New Brunswick near the Quebec border. She's moving at 6.2 knots with light winds out of the northwest at 10-15 knots. Weather is pleasant for the most part with just 2-3 foot seas. After gaining some ground in the last 24 hours the projections for her arrival in the Montreal area has been bumped up to July 30. However, the estimated date of arrival in Bay City is still August 5, due in large part to the uncertainty of the St. Lawrence River conditions. The boat will stop in the Escoumins area of Quebec and pick up a new crew.

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      July 27 (06:00 hrs) - Day nine of the Edson's journey finds her 33 nautical miles north off the coast of Gaspe, which is the northernmost tip of Quebec. She is still moving slow but steady at 6.5 knots as the boat and her tug begin to enter the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. The weather is very agreeable with winds at 0-5 knots and calm seas. The Edson is still projected to arrive in Montreal on July 30 and Bay City on August 5.

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      July 30 (06:00 hrs) - After 12 days, the Edson has made her way into the heart of the St. Lawrence River and will arrive in Montreal by midnight. She has already exchanged crew members and has also added a tail tug. The weather is calm with 5-10 knot winds and 2-3 foot seas. She is still expected to arrive in Bay City on August 5.

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      July 31 (06:00 hrs) - After nearly two weeks of traveling, the USS Edson is currently in port at the Longport Docks in Quebec along the St. Lawrence River. She is going through her Canadian inspection as the vessel and tug are being looked at. Nothing major just routine as she makes her way into Canadian waters. She will be docked through the night, this will push back her estimated arrival in Bay City to Monday, August 6. She will continue her journey tomorrow along the St. Lawrence.

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      August 1 (12:00 hrs) - The Edson's journey resumed at 6 a.m. as she continues to cruise down the St. Lawrence. We are hearing that commercial traffic will take precedent over the Edson as she maker her way through the locks, which could slow down the journey significantly. As of this morning she was crusiing past Montreal with a forecast for 15-20 knot winds with 30 knot gusts. Due to the city congestion, those winds might not reach the St. Lawrence as hard and effect the boats on the water. The estimated projection for her arrival in Bay City is still August 6, but that could change depending on traffic going into and out of the locks.

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      August 2 (06:00 hrs) - The Edson continues to cruise up the St. Lawrence and is 15 miles southwest of Cornwall, Ontario. By tonight, she shuold make her way into the first of the Great Lakes, Lake Ontario. The conditions along the St. Lawrence are calm, but once she enters Lake Ontario there will be approximately 15-20 knot winds and 3-4 foot seas. The estimated projection for her arrival in Bay City is still set for August 6.

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      August 3 (06:00 hrs) - The Edson has made her way into Lake Ontario and is 28 miles north of Rochester, NY. The seas are choppy along Lake Ontario with 15-20 knot winds out of the southwest and 2-3 foot seas. With eight locks behind her, the Edson still has eight locks to go until she reaches the Saginaw Bay. The estimated arrival in Bay City is still slated for August 6th, but it could be moved back to the 7th depending on wind and traffic in the locks.

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      August 6 (12:00 hrs) - Scheduled to arrive on Tuesday, August 7 at 9 a.m. As she made her way around the thumb she dealt with some weather, but things have calmed now with just 5-10 knot winds. NBC25 will have full coverage online as the Edson cruises into the bay tomorrow. Stay with us throughout the day on twitter and facebook for updates. We are also trying to set up a live feed on youtube of the boat making her approach. Stay tuned!