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The morning following the arrival of the icebreakers in Duluth I walked down to the harbor to take a few photos of the Mackinaw. It was tied up at the docks next to the convention center. I took a few photos but there didn’t seem to be much activity so I started walking back to the condo. I happen to hear the Mackinaw blow it horn so I walked back down to the harbor.

 

Sure enough it was already out in the harbor and it looked like it was heading to Wisconsin Point. I hightailed it back to the condo to get the car and started driving down toward Wisconsin Point.

At a stop sign I checked on Marine Tracker and discovered that the Mackinaw was already headed back toward Duluth. It was really moving it out. I pulled into Barkers Island Just in time to get some photos of it breaking ice in Superior Bay on it’s way back to Duluth. I Followed it on Marine Tracker for a while and decided that it was done for the day.

 

We happened to be in Duluth, Minnesota a few weeks ago when the Icebreakers arrived. It was late in the day and there was a large crowd on hand to greet the ships. The US Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw was the first to arrive. It is the largest Coast Guard Cutter working in the great lakes. It typically come to Duluth to break ice prior to the start of the shipping season.

 

The Mackinaw was followed by the US Coast Guard Cutter Alder. The Alder’s home base is Duluth and there were a number of family members on hand to greet the crew. Apparently the Alter had been away from port for a while breaking ice around the Soo Locks.