Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Operation Coal Shovel(Winter 2021) with CCGS Griffon and CCGS Samuel Risley
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Operation Coal Shovel(Winter 2021) with CCGS Griffon and CCGS Samuel Risley


The CCGS Griffon docked in the Port of Windsor overnight Tuesday, down at Dieppe. She's a part of the ice-breaking team that run Operation Coal Shovel to keep the lower Great Lakes shipping moving during the heavy freeze. It's a joint Canadian-US operation with the US CGC NEAH BAY and CGC BRISTOL BAY, along with her sister ship CCGS Samuel L. Risley. CCGS Griffon is the biggest of the ice-breaking team, at 72m (235ft). The CCGS Samuel Risley was docked down at Dieppe on the following evening. At 70m (230ft) she is slightly smaller than CCGS Griffon.