Under Ice, a Ship Uncovers the Hudson

February 22, 2015 7:26 PM

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Under Ice, a Ship Uncovers the Hudson

Hudson, New York: As the sun came up Friday morning, the Sturgeon Bay, a 140-foot Coast Guard icebreaker, creaked and lurched through a frozen river, sending cracks scattering as dark water rose to the surface in pools, spraying beads of water that hit the ice like marbles, solid by the time they landed.

From New York Harbor to Albany, the Hudson River wends, ebbs and flows more than 120 miles, except when it doesn't. Right now, north of West Point, the river is captive to the wind and weather, a field of ice up to 1 1/2 feet thick.

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