|Sundew Frees Ship
Trapped in Drift Ice
| CHARLEVOIX - The Coast Guard Cutter Sundew broke its first ice of the
season Jan.2 when she was called to the straits of Mackinac to free the
tanker Detroit which had become trapped by drift ice.
Lt. JG H. L..(Chris) Immer, Sundew information officer, said the vessel became beset in two to three feet of ice about six miles west of the Mackinac Bridge. The ship was enroute from Mackinaw city to Chicago.
| THE SUNDEW left Charlevoix at daybreak, arriving at the scene about 10
After ice was broken around the stranded vessel, the tanker was free to follow the Sundew's path out of the ice field without further incident.
The mission was the first ice-breaking assistance call of the season for the Sundew crew.
| THE VESSEL wound up her regular activities of the year over Christmas
week, making a supply trip to Sault Ste. Marie.
Just before the holidays the ship removed 24 men and their supplies from six major light stations in northern Michigan waters, including Gray's Reef and White Shoal lights in Lake Michigan and Poe Reef, Spectacle Reef and Thunder Bay lights in Lake Huron.
|THE SUNDEW also is responsible for 133 buoys throughout the northern lakes. This fall the crew lifted 67 buoys, ranging up to 26 feet high and eight feet in diameter.|
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