After a extremely busy few days of chasing hard news stories in Hartford I was sent out to chase a hard ice story. We usually see the ice in the Connecticut River during winter but, do not give it a second thought. What about the people who keep a clear channel from the sound to Hartford for merchant sea vessels? Well, come in the USCG Cutter Bollard. This 65′ Ice breaker has been doing this for decades on the Connecticut River. Today, I drove a “chase” vehicle down the river from Middletown, Connecticut to Essex getting still images and video of the Bollard’s ice breaking operations. While on board the Cutter, photographer Cloe Poisson, one of my best friends, a world class photographer, videographer, and now a hard water sailor, was capturing video and still images. It was a great 5 hours of getting photos of the Bollard cutting through the 14″ ice like butter, making sure the path was clear for heating oil barges to make it up the river. With the help of the crew a 8 sailors on board, I am sure that Cloe “with her woman’s touch” made sure the river was cleared to her liking. Good job Cloe, and to you too, the crew of the Bollard, who gave us great hospitality and access to this unique opportunity!
The picture above is from the Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown, Connecticut after the USCG Cutter Bollard made a path through the ice in Middletown.
Above, the Bollard makes it’s way down to Essex in the Connecticut River clearing ice.
Below, a seagull flies off the dock in Essex, near the Connecticut River Museum. I did not see Eagles on the Connecticut River, so I guess this is better than nothing.