Coast Guard cutters open ice-jammed river channel

Shattered ice and water fly as the Coast Guard cutter Tackle (WYTL 65604) drives onto the ice between Brewer and Bangor while opening the Penobscot River's deep water channel in conjunction with the cutter Bridle (WYTL 65607).
Brian Swartz
Shattered ice and water fly as the Coast Guard cutter Tackle (WYTL 65604) drives onto the ice between Brewer and Bangor while opening the Penobscot River's deep water channel in conjunction with the cutter Bridle (WYTL 65607). Buy Photo
Posted Jan. 18, 2014, at 1:19 p.m.
The Coast Guard cutter Tackle (WYTL 65604) rides high on the ice between Brewer and Bangor Saturday while opening the Penobscot River's deep water channel in conjunction with the cutter Bridle (WYTL 65607), located beyond the Tackle.
Brian Swartz
The Coast Guard cutter Tackle (WYTL 65604) rides high on the ice between Brewer and Bangor Saturday while opening the Penobscot River's deep water channel in conjunction with the cutter Bridle (WYTL 65607), located beyond the Tackle.
The Coast Guard cutters Tackle (right) and Bridle (left) work jointly Saturday to break the ice jamming the Penobscot River's deep water channel between Brewer and Bangor (background).
Brian Swartz
The Coast Guard cutters Tackle (right) and Bridle (left) work jointly Saturday to break the ice jamming the Penobscot River's deep water channel between Brewer and Bangor (background). Buy Photo
The Coast Guard cutter Bridle (WYTL 65607) gains speed and develops a bow wave while approaching ice blocking the deep water channel on the Penobscot River between Bangor and Brewer. Stationed at Southwest Harbor, the Bridle and her sister cutter, Tackle, are working together to break ice on the Penobscot as far upriver as Bangor. Measuring 65 feet from stem to stern, the Bridle displaces 72 tons.
Brian Swartz
The Coast Guard cutter Bridle (WYTL 65607) gains speed and develops a bow wave while approaching ice blocking the deep water channel on the Penobscot River between Bangor and Brewer. Stationed at Southwest Harbor, the Bridle and her sister cutter, Tackle, are working together to break ice on the Penobscot as far upriver as Bangor. Measuring 65 feet from stem to stern, the Bridle displaces 72 tons. Buy Photo
After surging upriver under power on Saturday, the Coast Guard cutter Bridle (WYTL 65607) drives onto the ice jamming the Penobscot River near the Veterans Remembrance Bridge. The Bridle and its sister cutter, the Tackle (WYTL 65604), are breaking ice on the Penobscot as far upriver as Bangor.
Brian Swartz
After surging upriver under power on Saturday, the Coast Guard cutter Bridle (WYTL 65607) drives onto the ice jamming the Penobscot River near the Veterans Remembrance Bridge. The Bridle and its sister cutter, the Tackle (WYTL 65604), are breaking ice on the Penobscot as far upriver as Bangor. Buy Photo

BREWER — The crews of two Maine-based Coast Guard cutters spent Saturday morning opening the Penobscot River’s ice-jammed deep-water channel between Bangor and Brewer. The Rockland-based Tackle (WYTL 65604)and the Southwest Harbor-based Bridle (WYTL 65607) alternated the ice breaking, with each cutter steaming upriver and then striking and sliding high onto the ice, which cracked beneath the vessel’s hull.

People gathered along the Brewer shore, especially along South Main Street, and at Bangor Waterfront Park to watch the two 65-foot cutters gradually open the channel.

 

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