OFFICE OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION
Department of Parks and Recreation
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, CA 94296-0001
TEL: 916-653-6624
FAX: 916-653-9824

March 26, 2002

Mr. Ben Koether, Chairman
The Glacier Society
905 Honeyspot Road
Stratford, Connecticut 06615

Dear Mr. Koether:

I have reviewed the information provided regarding the vessel Glacier. I agree with your conclusion that the ship is eligible for listing in the National Register under Criteria A, B and C. Furthermore, it meets the requirements of Criteria Consideration G for designating properties achieving significance within the past fifty years: the contributions of the ship are exceptional. The powerful icebreaker Glacier, flagship of Rear Admiral Richard Byrd, was a critical element in the United States' explorations of Antarctica and the Arctic. It is distinguished for its association with a number of important scientific discoveries, most notably during the International Geophysical Year of 1957-1958. In my opinion, the vessel is significant at the national level.

I commend your efforts to preserve the ship and I wish you every success in your pursuit of financial support. If I can be of further assistance, please let me know.

Sincerely,

Dr. Knox Mellon
State Historic Preservation Officer


 

 

 


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