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Escorting ships in fog through ice is a difficult task. Finding the easiest and safest route through the ice is challenging. Yes, radar helps, but it's not as good as the Mark I Eyeball. It's also hard to find the ridges (Windrows on the Great Lakes). In the Arctic these can be significant size and hardness and can stop an icebreaker dead in its track. That means the cargo ship following must do all in its power to stop or avoid a collision with the icebreaker.
Several views of the Kivalliq W in the ice.
Fairly close escort. The icebreakers will frequently work within 20 metres of a ship to free it from the ice. Both the Captain and the Quartermaster (wheelsman) must be good.
Above: The road ahead.
Below: CCGS Terry Fox. Canada's 2nd most powerful icebreaker.
As Canadians will know, Terry Fox the person, was an heroic figure. With an artificial leg he ran a marathon a day, aiming to cross the country (Canada), to raise money for cancer research. That's a 5,300 mile run. Sadly, he only got halfway across before succumbing to his cancer. More on Terry Fox and the Marathon of Hope, Click Here.
Below: This geological feature is called the President's Chair.
I have no idea why or what president it refers to.