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Monday, 27 January 2020

From the shore

Frozen. The vast white plain stretches as far as the eye can see except this one undulates with the tide. Now the only blue is overhead on a clear day. Boat traffic has long since ceased, until today. The cargo vessel, Trinityborg is trapped in place at the wharf in Summerside and the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker, the Edward Cornwallis is in port to release her from the icy grip.


My husband and I watched the progress of the vessels as we walked the boardwalk. The icebreaker led the way with the cargo vessel following.





When the Cornwallis cleared the harbour, she stopped and waited for the larger vessel. 





When the Trinityborg cleared the harbour, she blew the horn.





Then the Cornwallis proceeded into the Northumberland Strait followed by the larger ship. They became part of that vast white plain.





The Trinityborg has a website where one can follow her progress. She was headed to Belledune in northern New Brunswick, through the icy Strait. I imagine the Cornwallis saw her safely there.


It was an interesting diversion to watch the two vessels as we walked the boardwalk.



22 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Wow, cool view of these big ships. The ice breakers have an important job helping the ships to move through that icy water. I hope your day and new week are great!

At Home In New Zealand said...

You probably take it for granted, but I have never in my life seen a large body of water frozen over. It sounds like an incredible sight to see. Watching those ships in action would be a bonus.

photowannabe said...

Fascinating...ice cutters are remarkable creations.
Great photos capturing the event.
Sure looks cold out there.
Sue

DJan said...

Those are wonderful shots of the icebreaker and the huge ship. It makes me cold just to look at those pictures, though. :-)

Elephant's Child said...

Oh my.
What an incredible sight to see.
I too have never seen a huge body of water frozen. Those cool images are heart balm to me at the moment as our heat ramps up to dangerous levels again.

William Kendall said...

That last shot really puts things in perspective.

Joanne Noragon said...

Was that a regular route for Trinityborg, and Cornwallis on regular duty seeing her through?

Ruth Hiebert said...

Sounds and looks fascinating.

Barbara said...

It seems very scary to me to be on a boat frozen in the ice. I guess they don't get crushed like the wooden boats at the turn of the century. Still, makes me nervous.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

I am sure this was a very interesting sequence to observe. The crew of the cargo ship must have been happy to be on their way.

Catarina said...

I haven't seen anything like that. I will look it up on youtube.

Anvilcloud said...

I am reminded that it take a lower temperature to freeze salt water. I believe it is -3C.

Rhodesia said...

Great photos but they make me shiver just thinking of the ice!! Cheers Diane

Ginnie said...

Whenever I see anything like what you have described and shown here, Marie, I always want my American family and friends to see it, because they wouldn't believe it otherwise. I did NOT grow up with such "spectacles" and pinch myself whenever they happen here in the Netherlands. Of course, we haven't had ice on our rivers since I don't know when. (sigh)

Hootin' Anni said...

This is frozen salt water? My goodness. I watch the ships on our ship channel going out to sea, or coming in to port (in fact I blogged a tanker leaving a couple days ago)...but, nothing like this! How fascinating & thankful you shared your photos.

Goldendaze-Ginnie said...

I got cold just viewing your photos ! But I have to admit that it's lovely all the same.

Rose said...

Oh, I cannot even tell you how these photos make me feel...I know part of it is from your words...the boats/ships look so lonely. Just now thought..I need to look up if boat and ship can be interchanged....if they mean the same thing.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

How fascinating to watch Marie, this is unfortunately something I will never see occurring in Fremantle harbour ✨

Retired Knitter said...

brrr .... looks cold, cold, cold.

Great pics.

Debbie said...

wow, this is so interesting, i wonder what the men aboard thought? maybe they are use to it. i'm sure they were happy to hear the horn blow and be on their way!!!

a great set of pictures!!

Danielle L Zecher said...

That would be interesting to watch. Is it loud when the ice breaks?

baili said...

this is amazing to learn how snow brings wonder in your area dear Marie

ice cutter ? i would have not known about them otherwise