Great Lakes Icebreaking Time Quadrupled by Coast Guard

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Great Lakes icebreaking: Photo courtesy of the Algoway crew/USCG

The US Coast Guard says that its nine Great Lakes icebreakers put in nearly four times as many icebreaking hours the first quarter of this fiscal year as compared to previous years, due to harsh winter weather.

Pictured to the right: the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw and the crew of tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort cut through the ice as they escort motor vessel Algoway through the southeast bend in the lower St. Clair River near Harsens Island, Feb. 2, 2014. The crew of Mackinaw is assisting in Operation Coal Shovel one of two ice-breaking operations conducted in the Great Lakes.

 
Above: the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock cuts a track line for the motor vessel Algosea in Lake St. Clair, Feb. 19, 2014. The Coast Guard's nine Great Lakes icebreakers have put in four times as many icebreaking hours this year due to harsh winter weather. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Randy Beauchamp)
 

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