CCGS Henry Larsen is an icebreaker based out of St. John's. Tuesday morning it was in the middle of an ice-filled St. John's harbour, a rare-ish site. Since I've been living in town (yes, Mount Pearl is still Town, sorry Townies and Pearlers (is that a thing? (parenthesesception))) I've seen ice in the harbour like this maybe 4 or 5 times.
The icebreaker appeared to be chilling (pun totally intended (or was it? (#notthisagain))) in the harbour as I was watching from the roof-top parking of the Bowring Building. After about a half hour of admiring the volume of ice I made my way to work.
It's hard not to look at pack ice and picture swilers out on the ice flow trying to make a little money to get ready for the spring. The crews of the SS Newfoundland and the SS Southern Cross could've used an icebreaker 103 years ago, almost to the day. It is numbing to think of the lack of safety provisions available back then, partially due to the technology not existing but more often as a means to save costs. And yet, the work was done anyway because it had to be.