A view of the sunrise over icy waters from the port side of the J. Millard Tawes as it makes its way through the Tangier Sound on Wednesday, Jan 3, 2018. The icebreaker boat was on a journey from Crisfield to Smith Island to clear a path in the ice for utility and supply boats. 
       
     
 A fuel barge follows the J. Millard Tawes in its wake during an icebreaking journey to Smith Island. 
       
     
 Eddie Somers, Captain of the J. Millard Tawes, calls out to his crew on the radio as the boat nears Smith Island. 
       
     
 A view from the bow of the J. Millard Tawes as it follows a path in the ice towards Smith Island. This path is the only way in or out of Smith Island when the Tangier Sound freezes up. 
       
     
 Lee Daniels, deck hand and mate on the J. Millard Tawes watches as the boat travels through icy water. 
       
     
 A view of the J. Millard Tawes from the bow of the boat as it cuts through ice on its way towards Crisfield. 
       
     
 Eddie Somers, Captain of the J. Millard Tawes watches as he steers his boat towards Smith Island. 
       
     
 Two boats make room for the J. Millard Tawes as it passes through a narrow path in the ice. 
       
     
 Passengers on board a boat take photos of the J. Millard Tawes as it passes by. 
       
     
 Eddie Somers, Captain of the J. Millard Tawes, looks for ice in the distance as he steers his boat towards Smith Island. 
       
     
 Engineer Ozzie Wilkinson watches from he stern of the J. Millard Tawes as it turns around in Ewell. 
       
     
 A push boat follows the J. Millard Tawes back to Crisfield after delivering fuel to Smith Island. 
       
     
 A view of the sunrise over icy waters from the port side of the J. Millard Tawes as it makes its way through the Tangier Sound on Wednesday, Jan 3, 2018. The icebreaker boat was on a journey from Crisfield to Smith Island to clear a path in the ice for utility and supply boats. 
       
     

A view of the sunrise over icy waters from the port side of the J. Millard Tawes as it makes its way through the Tangier Sound on Wednesday, Jan 3, 2018. The icebreaker boat was on a journey from Crisfield to Smith Island to clear a path in the ice for utility and supply boats. 

 A fuel barge follows the J. Millard Tawes in its wake during an icebreaking journey to Smith Island. 
       
     

A fuel barge follows the J. Millard Tawes in its wake during an icebreaking journey to Smith Island. 

 Eddie Somers, Captain of the J. Millard Tawes, calls out to his crew on the radio as the boat nears Smith Island. 
       
     

Eddie Somers, Captain of the J. Millard Tawes, calls out to his crew on the radio as the boat nears Smith Island. 

 A view from the bow of the J. Millard Tawes as it follows a path in the ice towards Smith Island. This path is the only way in or out of Smith Island when the Tangier Sound freezes up. 
       
     

A view from the bow of the J. Millard Tawes as it follows a path in the ice towards Smith Island. This path is the only way in or out of Smith Island when the Tangier Sound freezes up. 

 Lee Daniels, deck hand and mate on the J. Millard Tawes watches as the boat travels through icy water. 
       
     

Lee Daniels, deck hand and mate on the J. Millard Tawes watches as the boat travels through icy water. 

 A view of the J. Millard Tawes from the bow of the boat as it cuts through ice on its way towards Crisfield. 
       
     

A view of the J. Millard Tawes from the bow of the boat as it cuts through ice on its way towards Crisfield. 

 Eddie Somers, Captain of the J. Millard Tawes watches as he steers his boat towards Smith Island. 
       
     

Eddie Somers, Captain of the J. Millard Tawes watches as he steers his boat towards Smith Island. 

 Two boats make room for the J. Millard Tawes as it passes through a narrow path in the ice. 
       
     

Two boats make room for the J. Millard Tawes as it passes through a narrow path in the ice. 

 Passengers on board a boat take photos of the J. Millard Tawes as it passes by. 
       
     

Passengers on board a boat take photos of the J. Millard Tawes as it passes by. 

 Eddie Somers, Captain of the J. Millard Tawes, looks for ice in the distance as he steers his boat towards Smith Island. 
       
     

Eddie Somers, Captain of the J. Millard Tawes, looks for ice in the distance as he steers his boat towards Smith Island. 

 Engineer Ozzie Wilkinson watches from he stern of the J. Millard Tawes as it turns around in Ewell. 
       
     

Engineer Ozzie Wilkinson watches from he stern of the J. Millard Tawes as it turns around in Ewell. 

 A push boat follows the J. Millard Tawes back to Crisfield after delivering fuel to Smith Island. 
       
     

A push boat follows the J. Millard Tawes back to Crisfield after delivering fuel to Smith Island.