Photos: Ride with Duluth's icebreaker tugs


Tug Helen H captain Mike Ojard
1 Tug Helen H captain Mike Ojard 
A snowy owl sits on the broken ice.
2 A snowy owl sits on the broken ice. 
The tug Nels J
3 The tug Nels J 
The tug Helen H breaks ice around freighters.
4 The tug Helen H breaks ice around freighters. 
Captain Mike Ojard of the tug Helen H
5 Captain Mike Ojard of the tug Helen H 
Ice near the Presque Isle was over 40 inches thick
6 Ice near the Presque Isle was over 40 inches thick 
The tug Nels J assists the Cason J. Calloway
7 The tug Nels J assists the Cason J. Calloway 
Large chunks of ice surface and float.
8 Large chunks of ice surface and float. 
Approaching the Presque Isle
9 Approaching the Presque Isle 
Close work
10 Close work 
So close, crews could talk.
11 So close, crews could talk. 
Anchoring for lunch
12 Anchoring for lunch