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Three Cutters Arrive in Port to Help Escort Ships Through Ice

Posted at: 03/24/2014 10:43 PM



A caravan of U.S. Coast Guard vessels ready to help get lakers across the icy Great Lakes arrived in the Duluth port Monday.

The USCGC Mackinaw, along with two smaller ice cutters, arrived in the harbor around 6 p.m. 

They will be heading to Two Harbors on Wednesday morning to help lead lakers filled with iron ore down to the steel mills on the lower Great Lakes. 

This is the first time since World War Two that a caravan of cutters has been needed to escort ships due to the volume of ice. 

The Soo Locks open at 12 a.m. Friday.