Back in 2010, I saw a few local stories pop up about the river conditions in upstate New York. It was a long shot but I reached out to the Coast Guard to see if I could spend a day with a cutter and blog about my experience. I had posted a few photos and after the ride but never had the chance to cut together all the video I shot. FINALLY, I decided to go back and throw the footage together.
The day was perfect, there was a small snow storm pushing through the area which added to the environment that we were working in that day. Below is the video I cut together of the day.
When editing the video, I experimented with the music using YouTube’s new royalty free music library. Ended up using three tracks: The Driving Force, Warrior Strife and Eureka.
We launched the vessel from Kingston, New York where most of the ice was free-flowing. Halfway through the trip, conditions became treacherous with a frozen surface from one side of the river to the other. The cutter got stuck a few times but was able to free themselves to continue to our destination. After a full day we ended up arriving at West Point and cleared the river for the barges to move through.
This photo below gives you a good idea of the conditions we met halfway through the trip.
The United States Coast Guard has already kicked off the ice breaking season for 2013-14 with Operation RENEW. Hoping to join them again for another ride along and post to social in real-time.
— USCG_New_York_City (@USCG_NYC) December 18, 2013