Icebreaking, Illustration/New England Boating

Icebreaking, Illustration/New England Boating For the 16th time this season the U.S Coast guard was out on the Penobscot River with their 65’ cutter.

The Coast Guard is out on the river weekly clearing ice jams and opening up a path for ice to carry downstream to the Penobscot Bay. After the 6-man crew stayed overnight on the Penobscot River, the cutter began ramming through about a foot of ice at around 8:00 a.m. The captain uses a back and forth ramming method to break through, hitting the ice at 5 to 8 knots.

Read and watch more about the ice-cutting work on the Penobscot River.

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