Modern Marvels: Ice Breakers
A combination of mammoth horsepower, surgical precision, and the toughest hulls on the open seas, they plow headlong into one of nature's most formidable obstacles.
Modern marvels takes a bone-chilling journey aboard the massive icebreakers that protect our ships and open the frozen reaches of the planet to scientific study. Learn how these vessels have evolved from the Age of Sail and how they have transformed the way ships navigate. Go on patrol with the USCGC Mackinaw, one of the largest and oldest breakers working the vital North American freshwater shipping lanes, and join the newest Polar Class breaker in the American fleet, the USCGC Healey, as it traverses the Northwest passage on its maiden voyage.
Now for the first time, Ice Breakers surveys the incredible ships that have conquered one of mankind's most ancient adversaries.