Biscayne Bay cutting a path

The US Coast Guard cutter Biscayne Bay was the first ship to arrive in the Twin Ports from Lake Superior this season. It came in on Wednesday afternoon to break ice in place of the Alder which is down for repairs. It was out breaking ice in the harbor (above) just a couple hours after tying up at the DECC. The 140 foot vessel, built in 1979, was clearing a track in anticipation of the Mesabi Miner departing today. That should happen this morning around 9 am. The Biscayne Bay is expected to go under the Lift Bridge shortly after 8:30 to break up the sheet of ice that has encircled the Duluth ship canal for several weeks. The ice itself is not so bad, but the lake side edge has built up a fairly high wall from the high winds off the Lake. It will then come back in to escort the Mesabi Miner out of the port and on its way to Marquette where it will discharge a load of coal. Photo taken March 14, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-16-2007
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