Biscayne Bay visiting Clayton
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JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. -- The crew of the Coast Guard ship “Biscayne Bay” are spending their July 4th with folks in the North Country.
The 140 foot ice breaking tug arrived at the Thousand Islands Regional Dock in Clayton Sunday and has been open for tours over the last few days.
Based in St. Ignace, Michigan, the ship is one of seven U.S. ice breaking boats throughout the Great Lakes region.
With a crew of three officers and 15 enlisted men, the ship has a different set of priorities throughout the summer months.
“We are an ice breaking tug, so our primary mission is in the winter to keep all the waterways open. In the summer, law enforcement and tours is a lot of what we do,” said Cadet Erik Oredson.
You can tour the ship through 5 p.m. Wednesday. It leaves Clayton on Thursday for Buffalo and then on back to its home port in Michigan.