Morro Bay was built in 1981, is 140 feet long and flies a U.S. flag
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|The Morro Bay is a 140-foot Bay-class Coast Guard cutter used primarily for domestic ice breaking duties.|
|The Alder is towing the Morro Bay back to port on March 28, 2014. She sustained 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.|
|Anticipating ice problems on the Great Lakes, the Coast Guard dispatched the Morro Bay from her home base in Connecticut in March, 2003. She arrived in Duluth on April 12. Two days later, the wind changed direction, moving the ice away from the Duluth Ship Canal for a short period of time, just enough to allow the Morro Bay to use it after working on the ice pack from the lake side. Below, the Morro Bay returned to port on March 14, shortly before the wind moved the ice pack back.
By then, it was generally decided that the only force that would break open the ice was the same force that had put it there, Mother Nature. Ice breakers of all sizes would just have to wait. Both the Morro Bay and the Mackinaw, back in Duluth to help out, stayed in port for several days, available for any ice problems in the harbor, but waiting on mother nature for the big job.
|Above and below, the Morro Bay was here in April, 2003. taken Monday, April 14, 2003: going under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge|