Saturday 30 December 2017

Ice Breaker

We were on our way to the library yesterday when we decided to take a detour down to look at the harbour.  We spotted a ship and drove along to take a closer look.  It was the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Sir William Alexander, which was on ice-breaking duty.

MV Shoveler was requiring assistance to leave the ice-bound harbour.  We were not alone in stopping to see the action, as the car park adjacent to the port quickly filled up with passers-by who stopped to see the show. 

Here is a closer look at the Coast Guard vessel, which is also equipped with a helicopter, which is concealed under cover on the aft deck.

They came alongside the MV Shoveler before turning towards them, moving slowly and clearing the channel. 

We were taking it in turns to get out and take photos, as it was another very cold day, with strong winds coming off the bay. 

We didn’t wait around long enough to see the MV Shoveler leave port, but Mr Candytuft tracked it online as it headed out of the Northumberland Strait and under the Confederation Bridge to open water.


  1. Wow, that was an interesting spectacle to watch, good to know that the ship finally got out to sea. I'm just popping by to say thank you for visiting me through this year and to add my best wishes for 2018 to you and Mr Candytuft. Happy New Year:)

    1. It was interesting. I’ve never seen an ice breaker in action before. Thanks for your kind comments and visits throughout the year. Marie x

  2. These are amazing shots. I can't imagine what it must be like to live with such extreme cold. I was shivering just looking at your photos. Stunning. xox