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Arctic Scout Thank You Public Relations Cruise

Ben, ready to start his trip!USCG Eaton's Neck & GS Crew
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GLACIER SOCIETY OPERATIONS LOG 77 SEPTEMBER 9 2013

The Arctic Scout has entered Delaware Bay after a successful visit in New York Harbor and a stop at Cape May USCG Base. A welcome respite it was and the USCG Team was very hospitable, offering us full use of the base facilities. We stocked provisions, hit the hot showers, and hosted visitors from the base, active and retired and family.  Visitors included ex-Wind class Icebreaker sailors and Deep Freeze participants.  BZ to Cape May TRACENWe write while underway steering 330 M making 9.2 KTs. at 1600 RPM.

Mark Solimando has the CON. Weather continues to be perfect, glassy sea, little wind, sunny sky!  We are headed to USCG Curtis Bay where we picked up the near scrapped ASB, now the pristine ARCTIC SCOUT!Stewart Honeycutt and Don Bruska have made the arrangements for our arrival 08:30 Monday morning. Arctic Scout will be “chopped” to Curtis Bay Command for their use for public relations and enjoyment.

After this visit we will enter Baltimore Harbor for a visit to the John Brown and then head to Annapolis for a reunion with GLACIER Antarctic Explorers the week of Sept 23 to 27. Details to follow.

If you wish to meet or join the ARCTIC SCOUT for a portion of the trip contact the Glacier Office at 203-380-3444 or call my cell aboard ship 561-543-1288. Email benkoether@mindspring.com

Bernard G. Koether, II
Chairman

 

Captain on deck!

 

Glacier Society Operations Log 76 August 1, 2013

The Glacier Team is hard at work preserving the artifacts, mementos, photos, diaries and other items Crew members and families have sent us. We could not save the ship; she is now completely melted down. But we can save the memories and treasures provided by the crews. The Glacier lived from 1955 to 2013.In a very few days we will launch a new web site, install a new mailing list service, engage the latest social medial web tools, and begin a cruise of the ARCTIC SCOUT down the East Coast, visiting Navy and USCG Stations along the way.The new Glacier Society Mission is to deploy the two boats from the GLACIER, plus the EXPLORER, and with these boats encourage today’s youth and young adults to adventure with the Glacier Society. Our boats will explore the Atlantic Coast line from New England to Florida, the Bahamas, Key West and the Tortugas. Crew members will include original GLACIER men, Sea Cadets, Boy Scouts, various youth and interested members of the public.The ARCTIC SCOUT will depart CT mid AUGUST on a trip to commemorate the spirit of the GLACIER and to thank all those who helped in the restoration of the GLACIER’S Arctic Survey Boat, now called the Arctic Scout.

I first sailed the ASB, (ARCTIC SCOUT) in the Bellingshausen Sea in 1960. We used the 40 FT boat to venture ahead of the GLACIER in uncharted waters. On the most memorable trip we uncovered a reef directly ahead of the GLACIER’s track! That reef was totally covered by icebergs, and is now charted and known as Porters Pinnacles. I look forward to sharing the helm with Jack Erhard, and others beginning AUG 16th.

Wikipedia: Porters Pinnacles(71°33′S 99°9′WCoordinates: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/55/WMA_button2b.png/17px-WMA_button2b.png71°33′S 99°9′W) is a group of low ice-covered rocks forming a menace to navigation along the north coast of Thurston Island, located about 4 nautical miles (7 km) north of the east extremity of Glacier Bight. Discovered by the U.S. Navy Bellingshausen Sea Expedition in February 1960, and named for Commander Philip W. Porter, Jr., U.S. Navy, commander of the icebreaker USS Glacier which made this discovery.

We thank you for your past support and ask that you pass this good news around and help us fund the continued deployments. Despite writing off a 4 million dollar investment in the USS/USCGC GLACIER when she was scrapped, the Sociey still finisned 2012, and continues today, with a cash positive income statement due to the support of our team.We will publish a schedule, updating as we go. Call 203-380-3444 if you wish to join us on the trip or meet us.

Bernard G. Koether, II
Chairman

 

 

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