Ice Breaking Operations

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Ice Breaking Operations

Post by Nick » Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:49 am

At the request of the National Park Service, the Coast Guard will break out the west end of the Keweenaw Waterway, April 23. The Park Service plans to launch the RANGER III later in the week. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter ALDER will approach from the west and then establish a track in the ice under Houghton-Hancock Bridge. The icebreaker will not transit Portage Lake and the east end of the Keweenaw Waterway. Alder will leave by the same track she arrived to avoid disrupting stable shore fast ice.

All recreational users of the Keweenaw Waterway should plan their activities carefully, and use caution near the ice.
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Re: Ice Breaking Operations

Post by chief54 » Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:26 am

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I spent the years 77-79 on the USCGC Woodrush and Mesquite which were 180' ocean going buoy tenders out of Duluth. Spent 2 full winters on lake breaking ice while in summer tending all the aids to navigation on the lake. They were the best years of my Coast Guard career. Spent many a day breaking ice in Keweenaw Waterway and tying up at night at either west or east end and sometimes if we were lucky a stones throw from the Library Bar. Good times were had by all. I specifically requested to be stationed on these ships so I could get back to IR as a young man after first being brought there by my father as a 10 year old. IR had captured me as a boy I would take leave and have ship drop me at Windigo and 7-10 days latter get picked up at Rock. Image is pick up after 10 day trip in 78.Lived in Alaska in shadow of Denali for over 20 years and would head down to IR many times over the years. Heading out in June to IR for my 40th anniversary of my first trip there as an adult.
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Re: Ice Breaking Operations

Post by Tightlines01 » Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:14 am

Very cool Chief54. I'm sure you have so many great stories, enjoy your trip!


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Re: Ice Breaking Operations

Post by Bigbearchaseme » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:16 pm

Can you break up the ice to beaver island so our plane can get in there Memorial weekend :)

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Re: Ice Breaking Operations

Post by Ingo » Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:26 pm

From the IRKPA Facebook page: "the 140' USCG Morro Bay icebreaker came through this morning".
Not sure if this link to the video will work without a FB account or not: https://www.facebook.com/brockit/videos ... 08290/?t=0


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Re: Ice Breaking Operations

Post by Bigbearchaseme » Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:43 pm

Makes it look like it is paper laying on the water as they go through it.


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Re: Ice Breaking Operations

Post by Spyder1 » Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:35 pm

Anybody else see the boat activity today on the Mott Island webcam? Appeared to be a larger and smaller boat breaking ice? Hopefully something gives scheduled to fly into Windigo in a little over 2 weeks


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Re: Ice Breaking Operations

Post by Midwest Ed » Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:46 pm

According to Marine Traffic the 2 vessels are the NPS' small tug "Shelter Bay" and LCM "Angelique". Marine Traffic lists their destinations as Mott Island but it appears neither one has actually reached the dock yet, both a few hundred yards short. There's still enough snow on the ground they might have a difficult time finding the rock they left the front door key under. :D

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