Photos: Ride with Duluth's icebreaker tugs


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