BREWER — The crews of two Maine-based Coast Guard cutters spent Saturday morning opening the Penobscot River’s ice-jammed deep-water channel between Bangor and Brewer. The Rockland-based Tackle (WYTL 65604)and the Southwest Harbor-based Bridle (WYTL 65607) alternated the ice breaking, with each cutter steaming upriver and then striking and sliding high onto the ice, which cracked beneath the vessel’s hull.

People gathered along the Brewer shore, especially along South Main Street, and at Bangor Waterfront Park to watch the two 65-foot cutters gradually open the channel.