Ice Season 2004

Erik Wood

Aug 24, 2000
The St. Marys River is clogged with ice the worse being at the Rock Cut. Downbound traffic is at a Standstill, the M/V Edgar B Speer (over 1000 feet long) has not moved after 2 days of battling ice in lower river at the Rock Cut, which in turn has stopped all traffic. U.S. Coast Guard cutters USCGC Mackinaw & USCGC Katmai Bay have been working, trying to get the 1,000-footer moving. A special tow rope was attached to M/V Mackinaw, but ice held its winter grip. The 2 icebreakers will resume in the morning. Behind M/V Speer are 10 downbounders hove to & anchored in lower & upper river. Downbound traffic consists of M/V Edgar B. Speer, M/V Arthur M. Anderson (the vessel behind the Edmund Fitzgerald), M/V Stewart J. Cort, M/V CSL Laurentien, M/V Presque Isle, M/V Philip R. Clarke, M/V Joseph H Thompson Jr., M/V Canadian Transfer, M/V Canadian Progress, M/V Roger Blough & M/V James R Barker.

This year has been one heck of a year for ice in the upper lakes.

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