All hands on deck aboard the Alder on December 14, 2016, breaking ice on their deck as they moved across Lake Superior. All of this while US Coast Guard Sector Soo began Operation Taconite, their annual push to clear shipping channels of ice so lakers can get another 2 or 3 weeks before the season ends. For now, the Alder was assigned the western end of Lake Superior for their ice breaking operations. That seems logical but in others years, they … [Read more...] about Alder breaks ice & sweeps & shovels it too
While we wait for the Alder to open up the season, probably on Monday, March 9, here is a video I created during the beginning of the 2007 season. … [Read more...] about The good old days
Click to see new video looking back at the winter (spring?) of 2007 More ice breaking videos: March 9, 2011; watch the Alder break ice in Duluth January 9, 2008: Alder out breaking ice as last boats come in for layup January 6, 2008: The ice breaker Biscayne Bay in DuluthNote: the Biscayne Bay will NOT be here to help the Alder break ice on Monday, March 11, 2013. The Alder will be breaking ice … [Read more...] about Winter in Duluth: Is it fun?
That is the Coast Guard cutter Biscayne Bay docked behind the DECC. Coincidently (??), the first ice of the season is just in front of her. I am entertaining captions for the picture. She has been here many times to help us fight the ice. Go to the Biscayne Bay page to see more pictures of her life and times while in Duluth Superior and a video from some years back. … [Read more...] about First ice and a breaker!
Shortly after the Alder and the tug North Carolina got the Mesabi Miner out of the harbor on Sunday and on the way to Marquette to deliver coal, the Coast Guard cutter Biscayne Bay arrived after clearing out the ice at Marquette and spending Saturday night in the ice off the Apostle Islands. Yesterday, they broke up the ice near Fraser Shipyards where 4 boats spent the winter and will be coming out soon. After returning to their spot behind the … [Read more...] about Biscayne Bay crewmembers get a break
The US Coast Guard ice breaker Biscayne Bay was in Duluth in December to break ice in the Duluth Superior harbor. The Duluth Shipping News went along. … [Read more...] about Ice breaker Biscayne Bay in Duluth
The Biscayne Bay's extended stay in Duluth was cut short when they were asked to go to Thunder Bay to break up their ice. The 140 foot Coast Guard cutter departed the port on Wednesday afternoon. Before departing, it refreshed the tracks made through the ice in the main shipping channels in the port. The tracks they opened up Wednesday meet under the Blatnik Bridge. One goes up the St. Louis River past Midwest Energy Resources and the CN dock. … [Read more...] about Biscayne Bay cuts a path
LT Cary Godwin brought his Coast Guard ice breaker Biscayne Bay into port on Friday evening. About 10 tons of ice, encrusted on just about every exterior surface of the ship, came along for the ride. Most of the ice accumulated on the trip here from Isle Royale where they ran into 8 to 10 foot seas. The design of the ship, allowing them to move under an ice flow and break it up from below also makes it easier to collect spray which in 10 below … [Read more...] about Biscayne Bay crew does the icebreaking
The US Coast Guard ice breaker Biscayne Bay is on the way to the Twin Ports. After making a stop at Marquette, it dropped anchor off the Keweenaw last night, hoping to depart this morning for Duluth, depending upon the weather. Above, it is seen arriving in Duluth March 14th of this year. Nothing is for sure when trying to predict the arrivals and departure of shipping traffic. The Federal Asahi finally departed last night, allowing the Beluga … [Read more...] about Biscayne Bay is Coast Guard ice breaker
In the picture above, taken Sunday morning, you can see in the broken ice going out from the bridge, a wide track and a narrow one inside it. On Friday, the cutter Biscayne Bay led the Mesabi Miner out of Duluth. Being second, the Mesabi Miner's track covered over the cutter's narrower track. The Mesabi Miner went to Marquette, but the cutter came back to port, creating the track pattern you see above. Last night, the Biscayne Bay was scheduled … [Read more...] about Wide track, narrow track, everywhere a track track
There are many signs of spring. You know it is getting close to spring when your local icebreaker (this year, the Biscayne Bay) is docked at the DECC for a couple days of R&R over the St. Patrick's Day holiday weekend. The picture above was taken from the Coast Guard cutter as it returned to the port after leading the Mesabi Miner out to the lake on Friday morning. A couple hours earlier, the Biscayne Bay had opened up a track all the way to … [Read more...] about Aerial Lift Bridge from CGC Biscayne Bay
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 … [Read more...] about Biscayne Bay cutting a path