Katmai Bay

Katmai Bay was built in 1978, is 140 feet long and flies a U.S. flag

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The Katmai Bay was built in Tacoma, Washington in 1978 and is stationed at Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. She is a 140 foot Icebreaking Tug, using a low-pressure-air hull lubrication or bubbler system that forces air and water between the hull and ice. This system improves icebreaking capabilities by reducing resistance against the hull, thereby also reducing horsepower requirements.
The US Coast Guard cutter Morro Bay left Duluth a week ago and on March 28, 2014, she was towed back to port by the Alder after sustaining damage to her rudder while breaking ice. Outside the Duluth piers, they lashed the Morro Bay to the side of the Alder for the trip through the ship canal. The Katmai Bay, also here a week ago, led them in to port.
Above, the Katmai Bay helps the Morro Bay on March 28, 2014
Above, the Katmai Bay docked at the DECC on December 10, 2013. She arrived the day before to assist in ice breaking duties. Below, with most of the ice she brought in gone, she was out in the harbor breaking ice on the 16th.
Picture above taken March 27, 2012
Picture above taken Friday, October 21, 2005
Picture above taken Friday, October 21, 2005
Picture above and below taken Sunday, April 11, 2004