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Bay ice challenges commerce, navigation and fishing

Bay ice challenges commerce, navigation and fishing

Sheets of ice up to a foot thick in the Chesapeake Bay have beached small boats and fishermen, hampered operations at the port of Baltimore and kept one Coast Guard cutter busy tending to stranded islanders for more than a week amid the worst freeze in decades. A ship designed to break ice recently gave up on carving a path through the eastern Chesapeake Bay near Rock Hall after it moved only two miles in five hours. The conditions are so treacherous, even the pilots who spend years training to guide ships up the bay can't navigate in the dark, their trusty buoys turned to icy mounds or pushed aside by floes. Frigid weather — forecast to remain well into March — are...