Glacier Society Recognizes Maritime Administration Head

January 20, 2004


The Stratford, CT-based international Glacier Society recently expressed its appreciation to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for its assistance in the Society’s ongoing restoration of the historic icebreaker, the USS/USCGC Glacier.

Bernard G. Koether II of Westport, Society chairman, presented a plaque of recognition and appreciation in Washington, D.C. to Captain William Schubert, MARAD head. The recognition cited the support and collaboration Captain Schubert and his MARAD staff in Washington and San Francisco have provided the Glacier Society in its efforts to return the Glacier to the Polar seas.

The Glacier Society is dedicated to returning the icebreaker, in service to the US Navy and, subsequently, the US Coast Guard, from 1955 until 1987 to the Arctic. Since 1987, the Glacier has been in the reserve fleet administered by MARAD in Suisun Bay, near San Francisco, CA.

Once refitted and redeployed, the Glacier will serve as a medical and humanitarian delivery vehicle to the indigenous peoples in all of the circumpolar countries. In addition, she will provide much-needed marine and environmental research capability and serve as an educational platform to provide real time science content to classrooms worldwide via the Internet.

For information about the Glacier Society and its mission, contact Stephen M. Johnson, Vice President, at (203)-380-3400.


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