Messing About in Boats, Boots, and Byways:

Archive of PorchPix log entry of 06 February 03

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Big Red breaks the ice

    06 February 03: On the way to church today I noticed that there was still a lot of ice floes from the break in the Ice Boom on Lake Erie a few days ago. I stopped on the way back home and was lucky to time my stop with the passage of a big, red Buffalo Fire Boat that was moving at a good clip upstream. The boat pulled in at the boat launch nearby and went back and forth parallel with the launch slope, and I couldn't figure out what it was doing. On the 11 p.m. news on Channel 2, there was some footage of the Cotter breaking ice in the Inner Harbor, and I figure that the Breaker was doing the same at the launch ramp. There is ice above Strawberry Island and below, almost an ice bridge below. I haven't seen it like this in the 10 years I've been in Buffalo.

Buffalo Fire Boat moves upstream past Strawberry Island, about five minutes from our house. Ice floes in the background escaped aftr the Ice Boom on Lake Erie broke is several places a few days ago during high winds.

A little further upstream. Pic shows the ice buildup above Strawberry Island.

I couldn't figure out why the boat was going back and forth just a few feet from the shore. I figure that this was to keep the ice from getting too thick at the launch ramp.




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