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Abnormal ice slows Great Lakes shipping, but tourists enjoy the spectacle

You know it's a tough winter on the Great Lakes when a Coast Guard icebreaker gets caught in the ice, as happened on a Sunday early last month in the northern reaches of Lake Michigan. That's when the 225-foot-long Cutter Hollyhock averted a potential disaster after plowing into a thick patch of ice while escorting six freighters across the Straits of Mackinac to Gary, Ind.

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