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Breaking the Ice on the Hudson

Monday, January 27, 2014

A Coast Guard cutter breaking through ice on the Hudson River (Jenna Flanagan, The Innovation Trail)

The Hudson River is no longer the commercial highway it once was but it’s still an important route for New York's economy. To keep the river open for business in the freezing winter months, the Coast Guard runs its cutter boats up and down the river, opening a navigable track through the ice. The Innovation Trail’s Jenna Flanagan joined one Coast Guard vessel to see how it’s done.

Jenna Flanagan on a Coast Guard cutter

Innovation Trail Reporter, and former WNYC News Producer, Jenna Flanagan aboard a Coast Guard cutter on the Hudson.

Click on the audio player to hear Jenna's story.

Click here to see a slideshow.

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Dan from NYC

They go as far north as Troy where both the Erie and Champlain locks are. The Penobscot Bay has a sistership, the Sturgeon Bay and there also 3 smaller ice breakers that help keep the river open.

Jan. 27 2014 11:10 PM

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