Alder breaks ice & sweeps & shovels it too

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 … [Read more...]

The good old days

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...]

Winter in Duluth: Is it fun?

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 … [Read more...]

First ice and a breaker!

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...]

Biscayne Bay crewmembers get a break

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 … [Read more...]

Ice breaker Biscayne Bay in Duluth

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...]

Biscayne Bay cuts a path

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 … [Read more...]

Biscayne Bay crew does the icebreaking

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 … [Read more...]

Biscayne Bay is Coast Guard ice breaker

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 … [Read more...]

Wide track, narrow track, everywhere a track track

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 … [Read more...]

Aerial Lift Bridge from CGC Biscayne Bay

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 … [Read more...]