This somehow didn’t make it into the mainstream media. Just an oversight?
“Ice-breaker opens basin for troubled barge,” headlined the article in the Homer Tribune on 12 Dec 2012.
The M/V Augustine worked to break ice choking off the English Bay Barge Basin on Monday to make room for a barge recently rescued from a near-tragic grounding at Cold Bay, the article continued.
John Crandall, who owns the only ice-breaker in Kachemak Bay, the heavy-duty M/V Redoubt, said the deep cold that took ahold this winter so far is unseasonably early.
“This year, there’s more ice earlier than in normal years,” Crandall said.
Augustine and Redoubt are called out to bust through ice for the U.S. Coast Guard vessels stationed at Homer, and for other large vessels as well. Usually, the ice-breaking work comes much later in the winter — in January, February and March.
November and December this year brought a preponderance of low-temperature days which left the small boat harbor socked in. Only larger commercial vessels and tugs could get in and out.
Thanks to Perry for this link