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In the older days (40's, 50's, 60's, and into the early 70's), the deck crew would paint the hulls during Spring fit out. In those days, there was a larger forward end crew and the boats would stay at the fit out dock until ice conditions permitted sailing. The boats were smaller, less powerful,and icebreakers were not used during Spring shipping. There were times when the first Soo transit didn't occur until mid-May. Now, there are smaller crews to paint bigger boats and the boats are lined up, with icebreaker assistance, to transit the locks on March 25. Hull painting now is generally limited to the five year survey when the boat is in drydock.
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