is The Current Status of The Glacier?
GLACIER is currently anchored in San Fransisco, CA at
Suisan Bay on the Sacramento River. It is located near the town
of Benicia, approximately 1-hour northeast of San Francisco. It
can be seen from I-680, so next time you're nearby, give it a look.
crews accomplished significant work de-watering the ship and making
her secure. Preparations were made to restore electrical hotel services
in the near future. Detailed plans are being drafted and sub-contractors
are supplying bids on parts of the restoration work that can not
be handled by volunteers.
a crew of volunteers visits Glacier for one week a month, making
repairs that are necessary for her to be transferred to a dry dock
you are interested in volunteer work aboard Glacier, please, fill
out our online volunteer form and we will contact you with further
Glacier rests among many other decommissioned ships at the
MARAD facility in Suisun Bay in San Francisco, CA.
is visited monthly by a crew of volunteers from all over the
world. Volunteers are integral to the restoration of the Glacier.
LOG #14 - 9 June 2002
to join and support the restoration crew aboard Glacier the week
of July 7th, 2002. Go to the web site for more details. We are
closing in on the movement date. This may be one of your last
chances to earn special recognition for having worked aboard Glacier
while she lies at MARAD. You will be sorry when you see what the
others have earned!!
have concluded negotiations with MARAD and expect to sign the
transfer documents shortly. Patrick Lennon Esq. of Southport,
CT. is donating the Admiralty legal work. Thank you, Patrick.
discussions about berthing continue. We are moving closer to an
agreement, but the multiplicity of authorities is, to say the
least, confusing and cloudy. However, we believe that suddenly
this will come to a close as well and we will be able to announce
the winner of the GLACIER'S next port.
Jerri Nielsen, author of ICE BOUND and famous cancer survivor
from the South Pole Station has joined our Medical Advisory Board.
Jerri is going to take a very active role supporting the Glacier
Society. She will be donating her time and the revenue earned
from major speeches to the Society. We have recently spent time
together planning the ships medical restoration and building an
alliance with one or more major medical schools. Our plans are
BIG and THEY WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED! There
is no possible way I can express to you her level of commitment
to our mission. We are truly blessed to have this wonderful lady
on our team.
are expanding our management organization and forming a tiered
level of interlocking teams. The Management Board is entirely
new. Its mission is to "manage the Business of the Society" by
writing the business plans, supervising the specialty working
units and driving the time line to accomplish the goals. Here
is the membership of the Management Board. This is indeed an impressive
group of men. We all are indeed grateful for their commitments.
Capt. Will Sawyer, USN (Ret) of Boston, MA; Charles P. Stetson,
USN (Ret.) of Fairfield, CT.; Steve Soler, Upper Arlington, Ohio;
Rev. J. Perry Wooton, USN (Ret.) Eastchester, NY. and Capt. Martin
McNair, USN (Ret.) Richmond, CA. We will publish more on this
subject in our Newsletter.
have completed initial negotiations with insurance underwriters
and have set forth a clear path for obtaining insurance for liability
and ship movement. Further, we have agreed upon a path to gain
insurance for operation of the ship at sea. We are waiting completing
of the ships survey for issuance of insurance for the movement
to the pier. This should all be completed this month.
have a Grant request pending before the selection Committee of
Save America's Treasures. Visit www.nps.gov
to learn more about this program. We could use letters of support
from members of Congress. If any of you can assist in this regard
please do so today!! The Committee is acting as you read this
memo. Write to Treasures@nps.gov.
We especially wish to thank Congressmen Shay's and Simmons, both
of whom have sent letters of endorsement to the committee.
Glacier Society, Inc.
LOG #13 - 10 February 2002
year end fund raising suffered, as did other charities, from the
9-11 hangover. However, we did bring in considerable support and
increased our number of donors. The most significant contributions
were from two entities, one anonymous supplying a new Kohler Generator
for the ICEBUCKET. The other contribution was from Peterson Power
Systems. This firm has been loaning us a generator that supplies
power to our work
parties. It now is ours permanently!! These are very significant
contributions with a value of over $30,000.
have completed preparations for the transfer of an "as new"
Emergency Generator Room Complete with day tanks, fire extinguisher
systems, and electrical switchgear. This operation will take place
in March. This equipment will be installed in a new space to be
designed by M. Rosenblatt & Sons to meet IMO and USCG regulations
for emergency power aboard Inspected Vessels.
Society participated in the Annual meeting of the United States
Arctic Research Commission this past January, by invitation of
its Chairman, George B. Newton. We invite you to visit www.uaa.alaska.edu/enri/arc_web/princip.htm.
Here you may observe the
synergies possible with the cooperation of the Glacier Society
and many existing research programs. We were fortunate to meet
all the Commissioners and the staff members including Dr. Rita
Colwell the most distinguished leader of NSF and a strong proponent
of increased research in the Arctic. The Society presented its
vision of the restoration process and the planned scientific use
of the vessel. We believe the future is promising indeed.
Last week the Glacier Society toured England to lay the foundation
for establishing formal links in the UK via becoming a UK entity
registered with their Charity Board. This will enable UK resident
Polar Explorers to join our team and participate in their local
currency. We held numerous meeting, which included our Board members
Alexandra Shackleton and Peter Fuchs.
Glacier Society will participate in the Annual Winter Board Meeting
of the HNSA, (Historic Naval Ship Assoc.) and then the Navy Memorial
Dinner the first week of March. Meetings with our Congressional
supporters, and MARAD will be perused to complete the transfer
documents and prepare to move the ship to the pier at Mare Island.
This will be followed by a two-week work period aboard ship. We
will be ready to move shortly.
The following skills are needed, and can be executed from home.
Please help us find volunteers:
b. Authors for the newsletter & public relations
c. Researchers to search the national Archives under our direction
Glacier Society, Inc.
LOG #12 - 24 NOVEMBER 2001
Some may wonder why there has been no report since July. First,
I was in Europe on business in August. While away my house was struck
by lightening knocking out most electrical and computer systems.
We were struggling to restore them when we were hit with Sept 11.
Our membership recruiting and fund raising has suffered, as the
Nation's attention focused on the immediate priority. All systems
are back on line and we are picking up steam again.
Work aboard ship continued with only slight interruption. We have
a big operation planned to shift significant equipment aboard Glacier
as soon as MARAD is ready. We need a push from our volunteers because
we are in the home stretch, just eleven months to our departure
date from MARAD.
Last week we received from MARAD the first draft of our "closing"
documents. These are the contracts by which we execute the removal
and assume operational command of Glacier. We expect to move at
the end of next summer. Preparations are underway for a berth at
We have formed a Medical Committee. This group is composed of: Dr.
David O. Haugland Col. USA (Ret.), Mr. John Fox, and Dr. Sandra
Bogdon, DDS. These folks met at our offices and formed a plan to
set the mission for a Medical Facility aboard Glacier and then to
raise the funds to install all new equipment. Dr. Haugland served
aboard Glacier for two years. He is fully retired and committed
to this project. Dr. Bogdon is still practicing. Mr. Fox has experience
in establishing charity medical facilities overseas. We encourage
anyone who is especially interested in this effort to call or write
the office and we will involve you with the effort.
The Glacier Society is now a full member of The Historic Naval Ship
Association. This is an exciting step; we are now recognized as
operating a museum. The Icebucket has been on display all summer
along the Connecticut Coast. She is now laid up for winter and will
be receiving new gear in anticipation of next year's operations.
We are saddened to inform you of the passing of Captain Ed Grant
USN (Ret.). He was skipper of Glacier after my cruise. During the
past two years I and others shared the restoration work with Ed.
He was an inspiration to all and will be missed but not forgotten.
The new web site now under preparation will feature stories and
photos of Capt. Grant in action.
We request a show of hands. How many of you will volunteer for one,
two, three or more weeks continuous service when we can provide
room and board on or nearby Glacier? The response is critical to
our planning. Please give it serious thought. We now have a mailing
list of nearly 7,000. That means most of you have not made a financial
or physical commitment as yet, NOW IS THE TIME FOR ACTION. Please
make a year end gift today....right now before you forget. The Society,
its volunteers and your shipmates need your support today! Everyone
who sends in $100.00 in December will receive a new Video produced
by volunteers from CBS TV about our project. Corporations can use
this for employee motivation! ACT now, it lists all volunteers &