James R. Barker struggled through thick ice in the bay of Green Bay for nearly 24 hours before she was able to reach the channel in Sturgeon Bay on Wednesday, January 18. The Selvick tug fleet had cleared the channel earlier in the day, but it was still ice-choked. The Barker finally made it to the vicinity of the shipyard and laid up for the winter. Around the same time, Great Lakes Fleet’s Cason J. Callaway arrived via the ship canal and passed through the three bridges on her way to the shipyard. On Thursday morning, Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived via the canal, becoming the ninth vessel to lay up. Hopefully a few more will arrive within the next few days before I head up to Sturgeon Bay!