The Canadian Coast Guard ship Sir William Alexander spent part of Monday afternoon breaking up the ice in the Charlottetown harbour which is usually done when an oil tanker is expected.
The ship made several runs up and down the harbour breaking the ice near the Charlottetown Seaport wharf and in the channel. It had no difficulty with the task as the ice was not too heavy. After the work was done it left the area.
The ship was named for Sir William Alexander, a Scottish explorer and an early colonizer of Nova Scotia. It is classified as a high endurance multi-task light icebreaker and is based at the Canadian Coast Guard base in Dartmouth, N.S.
She was built in 1987 at the Halifax Shipyard.