Coast Guard cutter Morro Bay to undergo in-water repairs to rudder

By KBJR News 1

April 5, 2014 Updated Apr 5, 2014 at 5:47 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - It could be worse news for the Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay.

The 140–foot ice breaking tug is scheduled to avoid dry docking, and will undergo in–water repairs to her rudder.

The Cleveland–based cutter has been moored in Duluth for a week since her rudder was damaged while breaking ice near Thunder Bay.

Upon further inspection, naval engineers determined that ice breaking exacerbated a preexisting problem with the rudder's bolts that fasten it to her post.

In short, the rudder was left attached by one of its six bolts when it was towed back into the Duluth Superior Harbor.

If repairs go as expected, the cutter expects to be back breaking ice on the Great Lakes immediately.

Billy Wagness
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