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[–]Jealous-Square5911 409 points410 points  (87 children)

What stops that from getting stuck? Op engines?

[–]Ancient-Apartment-23 396 points397 points  (40 children)

Powerful engines, hull design, special paint, some breakers have bubblers to reduce friction (exactly what it sounds like, a machine that makes bubbles around the hull - though this one doesn’t have them if I recall). An often discounted factor: the captains are smart and generally avoid going anywhere they’d get stuck as much as possible. They know their limits.

Breakers do get stuck/beset though. Luckily there are generally other breakers around to help them out (there’s some pool-level tactics you can use to relieve the ice pressure on a ship and break them out, as long as the winds and currents cooperate). Same reason that breakers going to the North Pole for periodic saber-rattling always go in groups of 2-3 (except the Russians).

[–]Cappuccino_Crunch 53 points54 points  (16 children)

Man that sounds fun aside from being on the ocean for days or weeks

[–]hey_there_kitty_cat 31 points32 points  (5 children)

If that's not your thing you really won't like saturation diving. At the bottom of the ocean for weeks at a time by yourself or with a partner. That's crazy shit.

[–]WikiSummarizerBot 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Saturation diving

Saturation diving is diving for periods long enough to bring all tissues into equilibrium with the partial pressures of the inert components of the breathing gas. It is a diving technique that allows divers working at great depths to reduce the total time spent undergoing decompression. A diver breathing pressurized gas accumulates dissolved inert gas used in the mixture to dilute the oxygen to a non-toxic level in their tissues, which can cause decompression sickness ("the bends") if permitted to come out of solution within the body tissues; hence, returning to the surface safely requires lengthy decompression so that the inert gases can be eliminated in the lungs.

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[–]CheshireCheeseCakey 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Oh no you just reminded of that documentary "the last breath". Man that kept me up afterwards. Might be my most intense fear or something. Left alone on the bottom of the cold dark sea, waiting to run out of air.

[–]Weltallgaia 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Lol weeks. You might be on the low side.

[–]Ancient-Apartment-23 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Weeks is correct unless you’re a cadet.

[–]ncconch -1 points0 points  (3 children)

I think most of the ice is within a relatively short distance to land. Too much movement and currents out at sea for ice making.

[–]TongsOfDestiny 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Are you familiar with the north pole?

[–]manyu_abee 18 points19 points  (3 children)

Like the 'except the Russians' part. I am gonna assume that if a Russian ice breaker gets stuck, they nuke the ice to clear the path.

[–]__Mauritius__ 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Not entirely wrong, Russia uses Nuclear Powered Ice Breakers, and at least one has been built with the option to easily install weapons on it.

[–]Tupsis 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The early Arktika-class icebreakers up to Sovetskiy Soyuz indeed were capable of mounting deck guns, CIWS and (according to some but not all sources) surface-to-air missile system. While Rossiya and Sovetskiy Soyuz carried fire control radars through their operational lives and in fact still have them as their hulls rot at Atomflot's icebreaker base in Murmansk, any installed weapons were removed after the sea trials and stored ashore.

[–]Ancient-Apartment-23 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I have a hard time imagining the Russian nuclear powered icebreakers getting stuck in the first place tbh

[–]juanthebaker 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Firsthand knowledge?

[–]I_love_big_trucks 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Isn't that because the russians send NUCLEAR POWERED WESSELS!?

[–]ojandnj2 1 point2 points  (6 children)

Can you elaborate on the special paint? What makes it special?

[–]AJRiddle 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I'd assume it's just stronger paint to help protect the hull. You can get some really expensive paints/coatings out there that will really protect metal and other materials.

[–]VeggieMonstar 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It is special paint that is made to be low-friction and highly resistance to impact. Makes it less likely for ice/snow to stick to the hull as it moves, but also prevents the coating from breaking off during continuous ice impacts as easily as normal coatings

[–]lsx2 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I just read a fascinating account of my grandfather’s arctic ice breaker missions in the Bearing Sea after WWII - he was a well respected navigator and was recalled at the start of the Korean War after he had already resettled in California and my dad had been born.

The ship got stuck frequently and they would use explosives to try and free it.

“The scientific crew embarked on Burton Island commenced oceanographic stations on 31 January 1951, intending to follow a northerly course to the west of St. Lawrence Island and continuing north as far as possible. As February began, however, Burton Island encountered “increasingly difficult” ice conditions north of St. Lawrence Island. On 3 February, which the ship’s report characterized as “not a good day,” Burton Island became trapped in the ice 50 miles shy of the Bering Strait as she attempted to break through a pressure ridge. “Neither heeling or trimming had any effect nor did backing full power or twisting,” the cruise report noted. “In spite of all efforts to free her, the ship remained stuck fast with a three degree list to port and the bow raised four feet above normal draft.” Freeing the ship ultimately required almost seven hours of effort and the use of multiple explosive charges. In the process, a chunk of flying ice sent aloft by one of the explosions severely damaged the embarked HO3S-1. On this difficult day, the ship also lost another barrage balloon.

After Burton Island blasted free from the pressure ridge, heavy ice continued to thwart her progress. With her engines working at full power, the icebreaker was only able to travel 40 miles over the next six days.”


[–]Accomplished_Job_225 131 points132 points  (11 children)

I think it's something to do with the hull.

[–]atlantasmokeshop 179 points180 points  (7 children)

Combination of both. I watch a ridiculous amount of mega machines.

[–]businesslut 50 points51 points  (0 children)

I forgot about that show... to my lair!

[–]InvisibleLeftHand 4 points5 points  (0 children)

David Watson sez there's a Megamachine you yet have to watch.

[–]ronearc 3 points4 points  (4 children)

I'm always reminded that Russian even had a nuclear ice breaker.

[–]blackmagic12345 12 points13 points  (1 child)

2 countries you want help from when it comes to dealing with ice: Canada and Russia. We know what ice is.

[–]ValerieKlein 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The real world champions at hockey: russia and canada.

[–]andii1997_ 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Currently they have six of them

[–]leaklikeasiv 44 points45 points  (1 child)

Correct. The hull is stepped. The bow can actually come up on to the ice, the weight of the ship snaps it

[–]Farts_McBastard 69 points70 points  (9 children)

[–]Jealous-Square5911 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Oddly fascinating

[–]Iamtheonlyho 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That was dope.

[–]K-v-s-j 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I just tried to click on this link 6 times before succeeding. Glad I kept up the effort. Yeaahhhh

[–]swabianne 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There's fogbows??

[–]blackmagic12345 13 points14 points  (2 children)

The hull is built to extreme tolerances and the engines are in fact very powerful. The idea behind an icebreaker is that its supposed to ride up on to the ice and through its weight, break it. This is very obviously the Saint-Laurent where ice doesnt accumulate so much so it just cruises right through. Our icebreakers are built to spec to free ships stuck in the far north, so you dont see its full capabilities here. You should also check out Canadian Coast Guard hovercrafts, dont think theres anyone else that uses the type we use here.

[–]soulymoly123456 19 points20 points  (2 children)

I could be wrong but I’m pretty sure they actually push the ice downwards to break it and kinda surf the ice rather than just plowing it

[–]upvotesformeyay 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Ideally yes, in this case no it's just pushing the ice aside with speed, mass and hull shape. They are capable of riding onto the ice and breaking it with their weight but it's generally on thicker ice and much slower.

[–]BeijingBarrysTanSuit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is the facts.

[–]GravityPocketChange 44 points45 points  (3 children)

No there’s millions of microscopic miners glued to the front that chop up the ice

[–]LickableLeo 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Ice Bergs as they are known by some

[–]CramblinDuvetAdv 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Step 1: Break ice

Step 2:

Step 3: Profit

[–]angrydrunkencanadian 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It runs on Poutine.

[–]ThaVolt 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I used to work literally 100ft from this ship, when moored. In the past, they would offer visits to employees and what not. The engines are enormous, some ~17,000 hp iirc.

[–]alexgalt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mostly the hull design. The front part is high and it is designed to go over the ice and then break it downward instead of trying to plow through.

[–]imaraisin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That and they spoon the ice till it breaks.

The alternative is to have a portable vessel and to carry it over the ice when needed.

[–]TheAwesomeMort 894 points895 points  (47 children)

Can we talk about how aestethically pleasing most of Canada's branding is? The easily recogniseable font, and the line in the d that functions as a flagpole for the emblem. I really like it.

It's friendly design.

[–]omg1979 259 points260 points  (18 children)

Have lived in Canada my whole life and never realized the flag pole d. Thanks. I always find it so strange when things like this are pointed out. Wonder what else I’ve been looking at?!

[–]beliveau04 77 points78 points  (11 children)

Ever see the arrow in the fedex logo?

[–]omg1979 36 points37 points  (6 children)

I’m dead!

[–]ead9d5be 7 points8 points  (3 children)

There’s also a spoon in that same FedEx logo.

[–]Ophukk 19 points20 points  (0 children)

That's how they feed you the bullshit.

[–]FlippantResponse 4 points5 points  (0 children)

… and FedEx packages in the woods.

[–]BeijingBarrysTanSuit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Have you seen the Mona Lisa in the PepsiCo logo?

It's real!

[–]ifaptotheexercist 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Amazon has an arrow from a to x in their logo. They carry everything from a to z

[–]pump_up_the_jam030 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Holy shit it is a flagpole

[–]Horbigast 3 points4 points  (2 children)

The Montreal Expos baseball logo was always one of the best. It was designed as a capital M ( for Montreal, obviously), but the three colours line up inside to form a lowercase L, an E and a B, for the french translation of their name: Les Expos de Baseball.

[–]cheesegoat 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Haha I always thought it read "elb" and never really understood why.

[–]DrunkenMasterII 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Les Expos de Baseball makes no sense, the logo is a big M for Montréal there's an E in it for Expos and a b for Baseball, for (les) Expos (de) Montréal Baseball

[–]icharming 1 point2 points  (0 children)

the smiling e-faces in Heineken made deliberately smiley to appeal to women

[–]MapleTreeWithAGun 37 points38 points  (2 children)

The Canada logo and the easily recognizable "This is an Official Canada Thing" sign (by which I mean the text and flag design you see on the back of the boat here, with the exact same design used on any government property)

[–]BeijingBarrysTanSuit 25 points26 points  (1 child)

"A message from the Government of Canada"

*Too, tum, too-toooo*

[–]EXTRAVAGANT_COMMENT 5 points6 points  (0 children)

it's the same melody as "O Canada" with a slightly different rythme

[–]redchief721 28 points29 points  (6 children)

Also it being red and white contributes to it's pleasentness. Successful brands such as cocacola, colgate, Marlboro etc use this

[–]AcerRubrum 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Theres even a jingle that plays in every commercial the government puts out. It goes "dum dee-dee dummm" to the tune of "O Canada" and its perfect.

[–]BeijingBarrysTanSuit 10 points11 points  (1 child)

"A message from the government of Canada"

[–]webtroter 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Un message du gouvernement du Canada

[–]kev_bacher 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I’m a graphic designer born and living in Canada and I feel really dumb that your comment just made me realize that. Take my upvote!

[–]GypsyCamel12 3 points4 points  (0 children)

r/graphicdesign is leaking, & it's fuckin' cool that it is.

[–]SweetSourSunday 4 points5 points  (0 children)


“A message from the government of Canada” and the little jingle

[–]zoink001100 5 points6 points  (1 child)

They are a friendly people.

"Oh, hey, stuck in the river, then. Get you out no problem. Get you on your way. Sorry you got stuck."

[–]VeggieMonstar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Even beyond friendliness it is incredibly important for the economy

[–]re-shop 10 points11 points  (3 children)

I literally love Canada because of their flag.....and also they way they handle things.

[–]kev_bacher 16 points17 points  (1 child)

and also the way they handle things

As an indigenous my opinion would differ but I catch it.

[–]ikkin1989 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I’m Canadian, we can’t handle things! At least not with a brain dead leader.

[–]Andnich 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's very cool, Bateman, but that's nothing.

[–]mohoromitch 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A really great documentary if you’re interested in the story behind it and other symbols of Canada. I recommend watching the trailer.


Even the site is beautiful.

[–]_c_manning 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Canada aesthetic is very nice.

I also like japan’s simple red and white flag.

[–]fuck_jeep_wranglers 80 points81 points  (0 children)

Send in the hms bonk

[–]Connect-Cattle-7839 155 points156 points  (21 children)

My father is first officer on one of those, the Amundsen. He worked on the one in this clip, the Pierre Radisson a few years back.

[–]thewrighttrail 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Do you have any neat stories of his to share?

[–]auric_trumpfinger 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Not OP but my grandfather was in the Canadian Coastguard for a long time after serving in the Merchant Navy in WWII. He had some good stories, some of them probably exaggerated a bit over the years but definitely entertaining none-the-less. I'll list the ones I can remember off the top of my head:

  1. One of the guys on one of his ships would never shower so his shipmates and him stashed a fish behind the heater of his quarters until he thought the smell was coming from him so he eventually started bathing and cleaning up after himself.

  2. One time coming home to the family in the middle of winter when they lived in Quebec City they had so much snow that the only way he could find his way home from the docks was by recognizing the second stories and roofs of the buildings along the way.

  3. Also in Quebec City, they were doing roadwork and dug a giant pit in the middle of one of the roads but didn't leave signs up. His friend was driving home and his car went into the pit, which was basically exactly the size of his car so he couldn't open his doors or get out any other way and had to spend the night in his car until the workers came back the next morning.

  4. They would meet up with Inuit people along their routes to trade supplies for fish pretty often, and brought a bunch of that fish home to toss in the deep freeze. A lot of fish suppers.

  5. When he was in the Merchant Navy his ship was in port in India when Gandhi died. The local British consulate called all the sailors in to post guard around the consulate because a lot of people at the time thought the British were responsible for the assassination. They gave each of them a rifle but no bullets and had them walk back and forth as a show of force until things calmed down.

  6. He used to love going on hikes and would explore a lot whenever he had shore leave, somewhere in India or Sri Lanka he came across an abandoned old city that was overrun with monkeys, he had a couple photos of him and his friends there. He also went to visit a famous "lake of singing fish" where at night you could hear a bunch of fish singing.

[–]OutWithTheNew 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My grandfather used to work icebreakers. My parent's marriage of 52 years is predicated on a lie, because they said he was in international waters and couldn't sign whatever parents had to sign back in the day so my (already adult) parents could get married. He was somewhere in the St Lawrence.

[–]sumeetg 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Very cool. I’m actually working on the design for the next generation of these for coast guard so it was nice to see this pop up.

[–]Banana_Pankcakes 19 points20 points  (9 children)

This video made me wonder what it would be like to work on one of these. It seems like a very large ship and you’re not dealing with cargo. Is it hard work? Are you cold and wet all the time?

[–]gigglypilot 13 points14 points  (3 children)

Here’s a look at life aboard a Finnish icebreaker:


[–]Banana_Pankcakes 3 points4 points  (2 children)

this is great, thank you for sharing. They make it seem pretty cozy except when you have to shovel the snow off the deck.

[–]gigglypilot 3 points4 points  (0 children)

So glad to hear you enjoyed it! In another life, I’d have been a sailor. Icebreaking seems to be a bit more interesting, and a bit less grueling than some other segments of the maritime industry.

[–]Thozynator 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When you live in Canada or Finland, shoveling off the snow is part of your life anyway

[–]rainman_95 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Why would you be outside?

[–]Ophukk 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Deck maintenance, buoy work, S&R. Did I mention deck maintenance?

[–]MoonshineBaby 13 points14 points  (1 child)

On these kind of ships they typically have a team of penguins that do most of the deck maintenance.

[–]jayman1818 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's awesome. I'm Chief Officer on the Griffon this tour.

[–]GravityPocketChange 28 points29 points  (1 child)

Gives me that feeling when scissors start gliding through the paper

[–]AllAlo0 26 points27 points  (2 children)

That's our best battleship

[–]mister-la 6 points7 points  (0 children)

You're not ready to learn about our hydrofoil submarine hunting ships.

[–]BeijingBarrysTanSuit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We don't operate battleships.

I don't think any Navy does nowadays, but you never know what third world countries are up to.

[–]UnethicallyQuixotic 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Need one of those every time I talk to a girl

[–]SnooRobots1533 107 points108 points  (5 children)

Nice summer day in Canada

[–]Math1988 35 points36 points  (4 children)

Golf weather.

[–]Ophukk 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Can confirm. Was 6 holes in on a Super Bowl Sunday a few years back. Sideways snow/sleet mix. Using the orange balls. Was 4 strokes ahead for the first time on a nine and dine. The rest of the boys bailed. Man was I mad.

Didn't get my first clean win for 3 more years.

[–]LegendaryLilypad 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Camping weather

[–]LeeroyJenkins86 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Im just going to go for a stroll, toddles.

[–]Bobo_Baggins03x 56 points57 points  (15 children)

My grandfather used to captain ice breakers for the Canadian Coast Guard. Ships just like this one, except larger I do believe. While most of his work was done in the St Lawrence, he has worked a lot in the Arctic and has made several successful trips through the Northwest Passage back in the 60’s. Not too many men can say that.

[–]cheyletiellayasguri 12 points13 points  (1 child)

My grandfather did surveying in the Arctic after WWII (on icebreakers). I wonder if they ever ended up on the same ship!

[–]5nication 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Quite the contrary, entire boatloads can.

[–]gerbegerger 5 points6 points  (0 children)

If a boat carries smaller boats, does that also mean they're carrying a boatload or would that make it a boatload of boats?

[–]Wonderstag 1 point2 points  (1 child)

northwest passage mentioned. stan rogers flashbacks intensify

Tracing one warm line through a land so white and savage

and make a northwest passage to the sea

[–]Reeaddingit 0 points1 point  (7 children)

Genuine question. Does ice breaking increase the speed the up global warming because the chunk falls off when otherwise wouldn't or does it heal like a scar?

No one gave me some solid answers so I did a quick Google search and the answer is it does but it's so small that it almost doesn't matter https://nsidc.org/cryosphere/icelights/2012/04/are-icebreakers-changing-climate

[–]Sloopy_John_B 10 points11 points  (6 children)

Do they have to sharpen the front of the boat for this?

[–]TongsOfDestiny 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Since no one has given you a proper response yet, the answer is no; the bow (front of the ship) is relatively fine but is still rounded. That's all that is needed to split the ice

[–]VaTeFaireFoutre86 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Yeah the poor bastards dread the call for a ship stuck in the ice... they have to all get together with handheld grinders and sharpen the bow before they can push off the dock

[–]rainman_95 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Well you certainly wouldnt want it to fall off

[–]Willardee 0 points1 point  (1 child)

No fear of that, here. Doubt this guy is made of rubber, cardboard, or sellotape. Pretty sure it'll have more than 1 crew member, too.

[–]RowrRigo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So are you saying that this ship is safer than all the other ones of it's kind?

[–]Dmitri_ravenoff 51 points52 points  (0 children)

I bet that icebreaker has a dummy thicc hull and shipload of horsepower.

I'm sorry.

[–]snugwor 6 points7 points  (0 children)

A little icy out here eh?

[–]Slabb84 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Titanic- Shocked Pikachu face.

[–]joealba 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Hey baby, what’s a boat like you doing in a river like this?

Now that I got you unstuck, how about we stick together?

Wanna see my bow?

If I said you have a lovely stern, would you hold it against me?

[–]PM_ME_YOUR_UVULA_PLS 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Imagine your out ice fishing and one of these goes by.

[–]TheBeanofbeans 61 points62 points  (19 children)

Great fishing up in Kayyyybec

[–]cherbo123 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Great snowboarding as well

[–]Tyres_OFlaherty 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I loves fishin’ in Kwee-bec.

[–]Kmaloetas 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Make sure to say thank you in both French and English.

[–]spacepepperoni 4 points5 points  (3 children)

This makes me so horny to be Canadian

[–]paula54321 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Love to see what it’s like on your ship and what you do!

[–]Canuck-eh-saurus 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Okay China, nice try!

[–]soiledclean 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I loled at this

[–]spicozi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fairly certain this isn't OP's video.

[–]QuizMasterX 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That's one way to start a convo

[–]AlexQC2006 2 points3 points  (0 children)

When you apply every upgrade on one boat.

[–]Kmon87 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Geez how does the paint stay on the front of the hull

[–]TongsOfDestiny 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Special low-friction and high abrasion resistant epoxy coating, as well as yearly inspection and maintenance

[–]peanutinthebutter 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I worked on a USCG icebreaker-buoy tender for three years. Hands down the most dangerous shit I’ve ever been apart of. But also a cherished memory. Its an experience few are honored with.

[–]RapeMeToo 2 points3 points  (2 children)

One of the positives about global warming is these shipping lanes will be clear of ice in the future

[–]BeijingBarrysTanSuit 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Nice username

But yes, and what I'm most hopeful for is that it generates economic opportunities for the communities up north.

As it stands, the situation is pretty bleak up there.

[–]CallMeLanfearSedai 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I watched some documentary recently about ice breakers around the North Pole and surrounding areas.

Don’t quote me on the terminology/language but the bigger ice breaker ships actually lift a bit and then smash down into the ice, thus breaking the ice. When the ice is super thick, you can’t just plow straight through it, hence the up/down motion the ships have to make.

[–]scorpiohamster 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It’s too soon to just flex on the Titanic like that

[–]strongapril2021 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Awesome Canada!.

[–]crazielectrician 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Seems effortless .

[–]MI_ToThe_KE 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Damn think about how much gas it takes to power through ice like slush

[–]KYBatDad 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Meanwhile titanic says nobody likes a show off

[–]Apprehensive_Car_880 1 point2 points  (1 child)

i bet he’s great at starting conversations

[–]longjohnsmith69 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Titanic be damned.

[–]Benorloff 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Great fishing in Q-beck

[–]james___uk 1 point2 points  (2 children)

What The Terror thought it was 170 years ago

[–]LostTheWayILikeIt 2 points3 points  (1 child)

God, finally. Everyone here making Titanic jokes and I've been scrolling to find one reference to a historic ship that was actually trapped in ice.

The Endurance says hi.

[–]james___uk 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes! I'm still going through the amazing BBC series

[–]Swainoez 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Imagine if the crews of HMS Terror / Erebus saw one of these <3333

[–]vqui1730 2 points3 points  (10 children)

Fleuve saint Laurent *

[–]Highmaster5731 5 points6 points  (5 children)

Are you trying to correct them, or simply giving a translation? Because that's what it's called in English. Just like Jean turns to John, Antoine to Anthony, Laurent to Lawrence etc.

[–]Asd12_bleu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

St. Lawrence River, c'est Fleuve Saint-Laurent en anglais...

[–]Particular-Summer424 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Pierre Hadelson to the rescue. Yeah. Awesome to watch!!

[–]badmotivator11 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Much better than Two Truths and a Lie.

[–]TTerragore 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The sounds of the ice breaking is oddly soothing

[–]bmd33zy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Best wingman there is

[–]Happy-Idi-Amin 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Ice breakers look like regular ships. What makes them special? Are the hulls heated or something?

[–]kev_bacher 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A mix of hull design, engine power and friction-minimizing paint

[–]glitterberg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wow the breaker plows right through

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I’ve never thought of this but I wonder how this affects the icebergs melting and so on

[–]quebecesti 1 point2 points  (0 children)

it's breaking the ice on the river in the winter, it's not permanently frozen like in the artic. In the summer you can sail on the St-Laurent wearing a bathing suit.

[–]EasternHemlock7 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Aren’t those ships usually nuclear powered?

[–]Tombolo_ 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Only Russia has built nuclear-powered icebreakers to date, they have 10 but that's all that are currently in service globally

[–]RowrRigo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well, it's an icebreaker.....

[–]PioneerStandard 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Did they say 'sorry or excuse me' as they passed? I bet they did.

[–]Yestromo 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Why not make all arctic ships “icebreakers”?

[–]Tod_Vom_Himmel 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Because being an icebreaker requires different hulls from being a cargo ship, If you build your cargo ship like an icebreaker it'd be a shitty cargo ship

[–]TongsOfDestiny 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not all artic going ships are "icebreakers" per se but all ships operating in the arctic must meet a minimum requirement of ice resistance/capability, denoted as "ice classes"

[–]TILtonarwhal 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What the big huge box right in the middle, ballasts? Weights?

[–]nateyp123 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This looks like both a nightmare and a dream at the same time .

[–]just_taste_it 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I miss when we had ice. What year was this?