Rockland-based Coast Guard Cutter assists cargo ship beset in ice in Lake Michigan

Posted Feb. 05, 2013, at 4:51 p.m.

The Rockland-based Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay on Monday, Feb. 4, completed a 16-hour operation to free the 731-foot cargo ship Algosteel from 10 inches of plate ice in the Straits of Mackinac in Lake Michigan.

The ship was then escorted to port through a track that Thunder Bay had precut, in order to offload its cargo of salt.

The Thunder Bay is currently conducting domestic ice operations in the Great Lakes in support of the Coast Guard’s 9th District.