|Arctic Scout - Background|
Arctic Scout will be used in educating youths in seamanship, basic marine sciences, and leadership skills. An optional long-term training program could prepare students in applying for a U.S.C.G. boat operator’s license, which would permit them employment as launch operators at marinas and yacht clubs. A unique element of the program will be that qualified students can train as crewmembers for Glacier and serve on her humanitarian missions in the Arctic region. Volunteers and private funding will support the training program and vessel operation.
NEWS: Glacier Society chairman Bernard "Ben" Koether has announced the recent receipt of a Foundation grant of $80,000 which will be used to fund the first year of the Society's YOUTH MARITIME EDUCATION PLATFORM on board the Arctic Scout.
Arctic Scout is a former U.S. Coast Guard Arctic survey boat (ASB) of a U.S. Navy design adapted by the U.S. Coast Guard and built at their Curtis Bay Yard in Maryland. ASBs are carried aboard icebreakers to provide a stable platform to conduct cold climate scientific surveys, take depth soundings ahead of the ship, assist in rescue operations, ferry personnel from ship to shore, and serve as a lifeboat. The ASB replaced the older Greenland Cruiser in the 1960’s.
The U.S. Coast Guard launched Arctic Scout as ASB 39020 in 1965 at Bellingham, Washington. She is constructed of a single skin fiberglass hull with a reinforced bow for minor icebreaking and a reinforced belt around the waterline for protection against ice fields. The hull contains a collision bulkhead, watertight lazarette, and watertight deck hatches. The propeller is protected by a skeg and keel. The keel is lead ballasted for self-righting capability. Propulsion is provided by a single Diesel engine and AC electrical power by a Diesel generator. Arctic Scout has a length of 39 feet, beam of 11 feet, 3 inches, draft of 4 feet, and displacement of 12 tons. Her normal Coast Guard crew size was six.
In September 2000, volunteer members of the Glacier Society acquired the retired ASB from the Baltimore Coast Guard yard and restored her to operational condition. In May 2001, Arctic Scout (then named Icebucket) sailed up to New York City where she participated in Fleet Week, an annual public tour of international naval vessels sponsored by the U.S. Navy, the Intrepid Museum, and New York City. Arctic Scout continued on to Connecticut where she visited the Coast Guard Academy and remained on exhibit at Mystic Seaport during the summer and autumn of that year.
Arctic Scout is now hauled and undergoing a complete refurbishment conducted by the professional staff at Brewer's Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook and supported by contributions of equipment and service by our commercial sponsors. To enhance reliability and learning environment, the refurbishment is replacing plumbing, wiring, lighting, fuel lines, fire controls, and environmental systems. Up-to-date electronic navigation, communication, and safety equipment will be installed. Launching is targeted for the summer of 2006.
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