Photos, video: In a convoy, Coast Guard icebreakers arrive in Duluth
The U.S. Coast Guard icebreakers Mackinaw, Morro Bay and Katmai Bay arrived in Duluth on Monday afternoon, slicing through the Lake Superior ice and motoring under the Aerial Lift Bridge in a convoy.
The three vessels have been cutting a shipping lane across Lake Superior from Sault Ste. Marie in recent days, and came to Duluth to restock and refuel. After leaving Duluth - perhaps Tuesday, maybe Wednesday - they'll head to Two Harbors, from where they'll escort at least two lakers - the Cason J. Callaway and the Presque Isle - back across the lake to the Soo Locks. The John G. Munson may also join the group.
Several dozen onlookers waved and snapped photos from the sides of the Duluth Ship Canal as the three icebreakers passed by in fairly quick succession.
The Callaway departed from Duluth into Lake Superior on Saturday afternoon as the first laker to leave the Duluth-Superior Harbor for the new Great Lakes shipping season.
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