Freak ice conditions are disrupting ferries which link Prince Edward island with the Canadian mainland across the Northumberland Strait.
GV Ferry boat crossing ice flow
CU Captain on bridge
TV Ship's bows breaking ice (4 shots)
SV & GV Views of ice from ship (2 shots)
SV Captain on bridge
TV & GV Ice from ship (2 shots)
CU Ice cracking
SV Captain watches as ship progresses through the ice (3 shots)
LV Ferry passing another in ice (2 shots)
Initials ESP/1841 ESP/1851
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Background: Freak ice conditions are disrupting ferries which link Prince Edward island with the Canadian mainland across the Northumberland Strait. Delays of up to several hours are common on the nine-mile crossing, and only boats specially equipped for ice-breaking dare attempt the trip.
The unusually heavy ice is causing trouble throughout the busy Gulf of St. Laurence area, and several ships have been damaged seriously enough to be forced into port for repairs.
On Prince Edward Island, however, the people are thankful that they're able to reach the mainland at all. The island's old people relate stories of the 1903 winter, when 35 passengers were trapped on a ferry for 66 days.
SYNOPSIS: Freak ice conditions are causing havoc with shipping in the Gulf of St. Laurence area of Canada.
They're used to ice in Canada, but not like this. It's getting so bad, there are fears that Prince Edward Island might be cut off from the mainland, on which it depends for its supplies. Already only special ice-breaking boats dare attempt the nine-mile crossing, and delays of several hours are frequent.
It's a tense time for captains who know that several ships have been forced into port after coming off second best in a confrontation with pack-ice.
Few people can remember conditions as bad as this, on this particular stretch of water. But there are some old-timers who tell stories of the winter of 1903, when a ferry with 35 passengers on board was stuck in the ice for over two months. Things aren't yet as bad as that.