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Icebreaker in Calais, Maine

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Published on Dec 9, 2015

Icebreakers were a vital part of life in Calais for much of the 19th and 20th centuries. Breaking the ice on the St. Croix River was the only way that coal could be brought in at a time when it was the primary heating source for many families. Dramatically cold winters that resulted in ice too thick to break through resulted in severe hardship for the entire community. This video from the Lewis family collection shows an icebreaker from around the 1940s or early 1950s.

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