Icebreaking on the St Mary’s River is an international effort

Icebreaking on the St Mary’s River, photo by U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City Here’s an aerial shot of the 228-foot Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) SAMUEL RISLEY working in partnership with U.S. Coast Guard’s Sault Ste. Marie Sector on icebreaking operations in the St. Mary’s River last weekend. They write: USCG Sector Sault Ste. Marie is also in … Continue reading Icebreaking on the St Mary’s River is an international effort

Icebreaking on the Great Lakes with USCG Bristol Bay

Shipping Lane, photo by rellet17 Winter 2014 has been a big challenge to keep up with for road crews and homeowners, and it’s a challenge that doesn’t end at the shoreline! On Friday, Ross got a chance ride aboard the US Coast Guard Icebreaker Bristol Bay as it opened a path for shipping traffic on Lake … Continue reading Icebreaking on the Great Lakes with USCG Bristol Bay

Sometimes, Mother Nature Wins

Stuck in the ice, eastern Lake Superior, photo courtesy US Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw As of yesterday, no ships had passed through the Soo Locks due to the overwhelming mass of ice on the world’s biggest lake. That doesn’t stop them from trying and (in this case) failing. The Cason J. Callaway ended up locked in … Continue reading Sometimes, Mother Nature Wins

U.S. Coast Guard Icebreakers and the Great Lakes

International Partners, photo by KathysPix. Icebreakers and the U.S. Coast Guard is a great article from the Coast Guard Historian’s Office says that the origin of icebreaking in the United States came in the 1830s as side-wheel steamers with reinforced bows were found to be excellent for clearing harbor ice. This page tells the story … Continue reading U.S. Coast Guard Icebreakers and the Great Lakes

US Coast Guard Cutter Bramble: A Ramblin’ Gal

USCGC Bramble, photo by k.l.macke. Wikipedia says that the USCGC Bramble (WLB-392) is one of the 39 original 180-foot  seagoing buoy tenders built between 1942-1944 for the United States Coast Guard. Bramble is currently a museum ship, part of Port Huron Museum. The museum’s page on the USCG Cutter Bramble says: The Coast Guard Cutter … Continue reading US Coast Guard Cutter Bramble: A Ramblin’ Gal

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival and Coast Guard Cutters Mackinaw

Old USCG Mackinaw and New USCG Cutter Mackinaw, photos by Bass Dude On an average day, the Coast Guard will conduct 109 search & rescue operations, saving 10 lives and assisting 192 people in distress. The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival is the nation’s largest festival that honors the men and women of the US … Continue reading Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival and Coast Guard Cutters Mackinaw

2009 Ice Breaking Cruise on the Straits of Mackinac

Mackinaw Bridge, photo by SMCphotography. Shirley was lucky enough to be aboard the USCGC Biscayne Bay out of St. Ignace as she opened a channel under the Mackinac Bridge early last week. She writes: Ever have one of those days that you wouldn’t trade for anything? This is it. Unbelievable cold weather , well below … Continue reading 2009 Ice Breaking Cruise on the Straits of Mackinac