Landmark status urged for icebreaker

By Corey Lyons
CONTRA COSTA TIMES
November 12, 2003

 

A celebrated icebreaker ship, once known as "the free world's most powerful," has been nominated for placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

The USS Glacier, a 310-foot-long ship capable of penetrating ice up to 6-feet thick, is anchored in Suisun Bay with the Federal Reserve Fleet.

The ship, built in 1955, is the only remaining icebreaker afloat of the original U.S. Navy's Ice Breaker Fleet.

In its heyday, the Glacier was a key early explorer of the Arctic and the Antarctic in the late-1950s and 1960s.

The 8,915 ton ship was designed with special features to make it more effective in tackling the toughest ice-breaking chores.

The Glacier served the Navy and U.S. Coast Guard until 1987.

 

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