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USS Edson expected to pass through Eisenhower Lock Thursday morning

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MASSENA - St. Lawrence Seaway officials say the USS Edson is expected to pass through Eisenhower Lock between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Thursday enroute to its permanent home in Saginaw, Mich.

The USS Edson, a 418-foot naval destroyer is being accompanied by two tugs on a trip from Philadelphia to Bay County, Mich.

The real-time location of the Colonel, the tub boat accompanying the Edson can be tracked through the website, www.marinetraffic.com, which collects radio signals from ship enthusiasts with land-based receivers and transforms the data into a map, according to the Birch Run Chamber of Commerce, as well as on the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corpotation’s vessel transit page on its website.

The USS Edson will be moored near the Independence Bridge Boat Launch, where it will serve as the floating centerpiece of the Saginaw Valley, Mich. Naval Ship Museum. USS Edson was launched on Jan. 4, 1958, and its first deployment was to the Western Pacific in January 1960. It served during the Cold War and was deployed to Vietnam three separate times. It was taken out of service in late 1988, according to the Naval Museum’s website.

Seaway officials said the vessel arrival time is only an estimate.

If the vessel arrives before 9 a.m., the USS Edson will need to be viewed from the North Overlook. The Visitors Center and main parking area does not open until 9 a.m.

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