Fishermen welcome melting ice in Stonington Harbor

(WTNH/ Tina Detelj)

STONINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — The large chunks of ice which posed a challenge to Stonington‘s fishing fleet have now mostly melted away.

The recent thaw has made it possible for boats to break through the once solid ice between the piers at the Town Dock. It’s now clear sailing and open water.

stonington harbor ice 4 Fishermen welcome melting ice in Stonington Harbor
(Photo Courtesy: Roderick Grimshaw)

Roderick Grimshaw sent News 8 pictures of the ice from Monday night.

His dad is the Captain of the Lady Lynn which was headed out to do some lobstering on Thursday.

“He was happy because he’s finally getting to go out,” said Grimshaw. “Everybody and everything’s getting melted so this warm weather is appreciated for all the guys down there.”

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Grimshaw who is a fisherman himself says his father’s trip was delayed about a week because of the bone chilling weather which caused the R/V Heritage to become ice covered while out a sea last week.

“It’s very frustrating when you’re out at sea and your windshield your bow freezes up. You can’t see,” said Grimshaw. “You got to go in the front and chip that stuff right off.”

The boat did safely make it back to the Stonington Town Dock where many of the boats were frozen in place for a few days.

stonington harbor ice 1 Fishermen welcome melting ice in Stonington Harbor
(Photo Courtesy: Roderick Grimshaw)

“They were going reverse pull forward try to move everything around,” said Grimshaw.

The ice is now melted, the boats are now free, and the crews are able to get back to work.

“If we get wind pushing into the harbor it’s going to freeze again,” warns Grimshaw.

 

 

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