|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.