As evening falls we plan to stop in the
ice for the night. This will give the Risley's crew a chance to rest. A
normal watch is maintained on both the bridge and in the engine room but
those off watch can rest in quite. As the Risley breaks ice the interior
of the vessel is like living inside a 55 gallon drum being beaten by
baseball bats. We stop in Western Lake Erie for the night backing
into a heavy ice field, the ice holds the Risley in place and we do not
need to drop anchors. Our nights rest ends as we receive a request for
assistance from the Canadian Olympic. The Risley's crew springs into
action and we are underway in less than 15 minutes.
sun rises on the ship's bell.
In the back ground the Mackinaw is
slowly backing down the channel. The Risley and Mackinaw are the
most powerful icebreakers on the lakes. They can usually be found
working as a team in the area with the most difficult conditions.
The escort of the Barker will take us to
the end of the heavy ice off Detroit and Windsor. Our plan was to stop
for the night once reaching Windsor. As we prepared to stop the Saginaw
requested assistance to dock in Windsor. Backing down the river with
commercial tug assistance, the ice field was too heavy for the
Saginaw to make it. After cutting a track for the vessel we backed into
the ice at the Ojibway Anchorage for the night.