ME based Coast Guard Cutter frees frozen ship on Lake Michigan

3:32 PM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
The view from the Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay as the crew works to free the Algosteel from thick ice. Photo courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard
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STRAITS OF MACKINAC, Michigan (NEWS CENTER) - A Maine-based Coast Guard Cutter has helped free a cargo ship that became trapped in the ice on Lake Michigan.

According to a media release from the Coast Guard, the cutter Thunder Bay worked for 16 hours strait to free the ship Algosteel on Monday.

The Algosteel is a 731 foot cargo ship. She was carrying a load of salt.

The Thunder Bay cut a path through ten-inch thick ice, freed the ship and then escorted it back along the path already cut.

The ship is conducting domestic ice operations in the Great Lakes in support of the Coast Guard's 9th District.


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