Oh geez. Gonna need more scrapers.
December 23, 2016 12:50 PM   Subscribe

"The barge-tug combo Great Lakes Trader-Joyce L. VanEnkevort arrived in Duluth on Tuesday morning to pick up a load of iron ore pellets. It already was carrying a cargo of ice". Alternate YT link (ambient sound only, no narration). On Monday of this week, the US Coast Guard began ice-breaking operations on the Great Lakes. Here in photos.
posted by mandolin conspiracy (16 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
 
Don't forget the sea smoke. I could watch ships go in and out of Duluth all day...
posted by heurtebise at 12:54 PM on December 23, 2016 [8 favorites]


That barge/tug looked like something out of a John Carpenter film.
posted by Artful Codger at 1:01 PM on December 23, 2016 [1 favorite]


Thanks! I love this stuff. If it weren't for the Blue I'd never know what Lakers were. Happy holidays all.
posted by mrzz at 1:07 PM on December 23, 2016 [1 favorite]


Well, at least this murderous year hasn't resulted in "The Wreck of the Joyce L. VanEnkevort", which is good, because it doesn't quite scan.
posted by Halloween Jack at 1:24 PM on December 23, 2016 [2 favorites]


That barge/tug looked like something out of a John Carpenter film.

They actually did something very similar on World War Z, where they covered a ship in wax so it looked like ice. Apparently it was supposed to be a ghost ship coming out of icy fog at some point but it didn't make it into the final cut. The waxed up ship was in my local harbour for 2 weeks.
posted by biffa at 1:38 PM on December 23, 2016 [3 favorites]


Looking at the barge coming in and thinking "THE ICE MUST FLOW"
posted by rmd1023 at 1:59 PM on December 23, 2016 [7 favorites]


I wonder how many people on the Coast Guard icebreaker are Metafilter members.
posted by drezdn at 2:27 PM on December 23, 2016 [2 favorites]


I love this stuff, what a lovely post to come across.
posted by ezust at 3:00 PM on December 23, 2016


Looking at the barge coming in and thinking "THE ICE MUST FLOW"

must floe, surely
posted by edeezy at 3:00 PM on December 23, 2016 [27 favorites]


Gotta go put on a sweater.
posted by tommyD at 4:18 PM on December 23, 2016


I wonder how many people on the Coast Guard icebreaker are Metafilter members.

no idea, but I can tell you that metafilter is one of the few social-media type sites not blocked by DHS webmonitoring...
posted by suelac at 4:18 PM on December 23, 2016 [8 favorites]


Want to know where the Joyce L. VanEnkevort is now? Here you go.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 4:23 PM on December 23, 2016 [4 favorites]


Sometimes, I think it'd be cool to trade my cushy office job for a life on the seas. This is not one of those times.
posted by tobascodagama at 4:48 PM on December 23, 2016 [8 favorites]


no idea, but I can tell you that metafilter is one of the few social-media type sites not blocked by DHS webmonitoring...

Watch closely for the removal of this comment.
posted by hal9k at 5:41 PM on December 23, 2016 [5 favorites]


Wait, so what is the purpose of that bridge thing over the entrance to the harbor? Does it prevent ice from pushing in? That sea smoke is amazing!
posted by joecacti at 1:22 PM on December 24, 2016


Aerial Life Bridge. Answered my own question I'll be going now.
posted by joecacti at 1:26 PM on December 24, 2016 [1 favorite]


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