Ben’s Log Day 1

Taylor Morris: Improve Your Situation

Taylor Morris shares his story in a courageous and resilient talk about one of the most dangerous jobs, and dealing with the life-altering aftermath. This video was the prime training motto that has fortified Morris as he adapts to a totally new normal life with artificial limbs. This talk challenges us to improve our own situations, no matter how big or small.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx


Chasing Ice captures the largest glacier calving ever filmed


A Video of the Historical USS/USCGC Glacier

Antarctic Sea Ice Growing Despite Global Warming Warnings


Are all of the warnings about global warming true? Or is our planet in the midst of a climatological cycle? There are recent studies written and published about the increase in sea ice despite global warming. Click the link below to read the article and stay informed on what is going on around the ice!


Antarctic Sea Ice Growing Despite Global Warming Warnings


10th Maritime Heritage Conference



We are very excited to tell you about the 10th Maritime Heritage Conference. This conference is “a gathering of folks who want to ensure that the history of the sea is fun, interactive, memorable and mainstream”.  It will be held September 17-20th in downtown Norfolk, VA.  We hope to attend and would love it if you did, too!  Read more about the conference, click the link below. 


HNSA Announcements


We at Glacier Society would like to share the most recent Executive Director Memorandum from The Historical Naval Ships Association.  There are many opportunities to get involved with the association. Please take the time to read their announcements and donation opportunities. Contact Executive Director Jeffrey S. Nilsson for any further information (hnsa01@aol.com).


3 June 2014


Subj:  Various

1. Museum Newsletters.    The Historic Naval Ships Association (HNSA) puts out a newsletter, the Anchor Watch, three times a year.  The information we publish is gathered from a number of sources, one of which is your museum’s newsletters.  To this end, Jason Hall and I would really be grateful if you would add the two of us on your distribution lists to receive your newsletters. Jason’s email address is j.hall@battleshipnewjersey.org and his postal mail address is: Jason Hall, Battleship New Jersey Museum, 62 Battleship Place, Camden, NJ 08103-3302.  My email address is: hnsa01@aol.com, and my postal mail address is: HNSA, P.O. box 401,, Smithfield, VA 232431-0401.

2. Compass and Compass Card Available for Donation.   I recently had an email from Ms. Mary Ames Booker, Curator at the Battleship North Carolina indicating that they have de-accessioned two objects that may be of  interest to another ship museum. They are:

Compass Card:  This is a U.S. Navy issued pelorus (compass card) probably from the 1950’s . The donor took it from a scrapped ship.  It is made by Kelvin & Wilfrid O. White Company, Nautical Manufacturing, Co. Boston, MA. This item was never used and came from a Navy AK troop carrier or a victory ship of WWII vintage. It has a black painted metal base with glass top and black chart letterings. Can be illuminated by electrical light. Cord included. Wooden case with brass latch and handles. Paper instructions included. Box is 7 1Ž2” x 12’ x 11 1Ž2 “. Pelorus is 7 1Ž4” x 10”.

Compass:   U.S. Navy issued magnetic compass. Black painted meal with glass face and black lettering.  Fluid located inside compass under glass.  Identification number 53012, made by Ritchie, Pembroke, MA.  Probably from the 1930s or 1940s according to the donor.  In wooden case with brass handles.

If interested in either or both of these objects, please contact Ms. Mary Ames Booker at:

curator@battleshipnc.com or mary.booker@ncdcr.gov or by telephone at 901-251-5797 ext. 3026.  Recipient must pay shipping costs. Both are in very good condition.

3.  Iowa seeks a MK 57 One Meter Rangefinder.   I have had a request from the folks at the Pacific Battleship Center (ex-Iowa)  in San Pedro, CA to publish that they are seeking a MK 57 One Meter Rangefinder for use on the Iowa. If you have an extra that you would be willing to send to the Iowa or the manual for this model, please contact Mr. Russ Farnell, who is a volunteer at the museum. His email is: russfarnell@yahoo.com.


Historic Naval Ships Association

Post Office 401

Smithfield, Virginia 23431-0401

(757) 356-9422 FAX (757) 356-9433

“Lack of Ice-Breakers Delays Great Lakes Shipping” – CSA

The following article is from the Canadian Shipowners Association.  Ice-Breakers are still important and necessary today!


Posted by Michelle Howard from the Canadian Shipowners Association

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 10:49 AM

With the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway facing the thickest and broadest ice cover in years, the Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) is extremely concerned that Canada’s ice-breakers will not be able to create and maintain the routes needed to move key cargo to Canadian and American industries.  The Canadian Coast Guard is doing its utmost to work with resources across a large geographical area subject to heavy ice, but this situation is rippling into Canada’s transportation and economic system.

Concerns over ice conditions and the ability of the Canadian Coast Guard to provide sufficient ice-breaking has delayed the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway past opening dates achieved in recent years. Despite Canadian government efforts to encourage the movement of Canadian grain, it will remain stored in ports such as Thunder Bay until ice breakers open ports and support ship movements. Not only are Canadian grain movements threatened by insufficient ice-breaking, so too are other industries with already low stocks of commodities such as iron ore, construction materials, salt and petroleum products which are moved by ships.

CSA and its members have advised the Canadian Coast Guard of the need to employ three ice-breakers to support the opening of the Great Lakes- Seaway system. Disappointingly, the Canadian Coast Guard’s effort to commit the necessary resources appears to be late as it manages challenging winter conditions in many regions.

The Canadian Coast Guard’s fleet of ice-breaking ships is aging and too few in numbers to support the economic and environmental benefits of short-sea-shipping in Canada. The CSA calls on the Canadian Coast Guard to fulfill its support to maritime commerce immediately by deploying three additional ice-breaking assets to support shipping throughout the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway system while also meeting obligations to support navigation in the St. Lawrence River and Maritimes. Furthermore, CSA encourages the Government of Canada to find a longer-term solution to augment assets.

For more information about the Canadian Shipowners Association, visit http://shipowners.ca/index.html.

Meet Gerry Roberts!!!

Ben & GerryIn photo (left to right): Ben Koether and Gerry Roberts

The Glacier Society is proud to introduce the newest member of our crew! Gerry Roberts will be volunteering his time as the Glacier Society’s Director of Programs.

Gerry is an Ensign in the US Naval Sea Cadets Corp, instructor of Emergency Preparedness, liaison for US NAVY ship commissioning, and a former USCG Auxiliary Flotilla Safety Officer. In addition to his affiliations, certifications, and years of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency experience, he is the former Public Safety Liaison for the City of Fort Lauderdale, regarding Unified Incident Command and Emergency Contingency Planning. He is a member of the Regional Domestic Security Task Force on Maritime Port Security and advisor to the Federal Bureau of Investigation`s Special Event Team. We at the Glacier Society are proud to welcome Gerry aboard our mission!

Contact Gerry Roberts at:
(954)394-2673 cell

Russian Cruise Ship Stuck in the Ice!

MV Akademik Shokalskiy stuck in the ice

Yesterday, December 25th, the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, a Russian cruise ship,  became stuck in ice off the Antarctic coast https://vine.co/v/h9zWrM5bBZ3. Rescue vessels are still at least 24 hours away. Luckily, everyone on board is in good health and spirits.  I would suppose the Russians are pouring lots of free drinks!!   Because the ship is so far from land, normal air rescue operations are not applicable. The ship will have to hang tight while three ships with ice-breaking capabilities make their way to the remote location. These ice capable ships are in no way comparable to the now departed USS Glacier AGB-4!  True icebreakers are designed to navigate ice-covered waters, making these ships the best option for rescue for the current situation.

Many Glacier sailors will remember being BESET!  But we never sent out an SOS for help because we were out of air range and we were the largest icebreaker at that time!

There was nothing capable of coming to our rescue. It was “sink or swim” time, more aptly put, break out or succumb to the lack of fuel and food.  I am writing this so you know the answer Captain Philip Porter, Jr. and his able crew beat the odds and broke out of compressed pack ice of 20 to 40 feet thick.

We wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Icebreaker sailors and especially to our loyal supporters of the Glacier Society.  We need you’re your continued support, come sail with us!

To read more about the developing story, go to http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/cruise-ship-spends-christmas-stuck-ice-off-antarctica-161901748–abc-news-topstories.html.

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