Jackson Freighter Damaged After Ice Plates Crash into Hull

The Coast Guard says the ice flow on the Saint Marys River pushed a ship into large plates of ice causing damage to the hull.

Around noon Sunday the Coast Guard says the ice flow near Neebish Island pushed the Herbert C. Jackson into the ice.

That caused a 10 to 12 foot fracture in the hull, above the water line.

It was tied down in Soo Harbor, east of the Soo Locks throughout much of the day Monday.

The ship is now under its own power, headed to Superior, Wisconsin to be repaired.

The Coast Guard says there were no leaks of chemicals or cargo.

Right now they’re not sure how long the Jackson will be out of service.