LOG #55 - 9 April 2009
encourage you to read the most recent publicationof the TOP
OF THE WORLD TELEGRAPH by the Institute of the North, founded
by former Gov. Walter J. Hickel of Alaska which contains relevant
information about negotiations and events occuring in the Arctic
and Antarctic regions.
Be certain to
read the first two articles - the first one of which references
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's hosting the Arctic-Antarctic
Meeting, and the second article which addresses Alaska Congressman
Don Young's call for more icebreakers.
Take a few moments
to update yourself about ongoing efforts in Congress to bring American
icebreakers to the Arctic.
The Board of
Directors, members and volunteers of the Glacier Society extend
to all our best wishes for a Happy Passover and Easter holiday.
LOG #54 - 6 April 2009
winter has been very active. Our volunteers and supporters have
pitched in to bring our
Program along. Special thanks are due to Jim Atteridge of Furuno
for the donation of an auto pilot for the Arctic Scout.
Scout is being prepared for spring operation by volunteers under
the guidance of Jim Goodrich, Bob Grace and Jack Erhard. Special
thanks go to the members and crew-Dale Greenwood, Kim Stevens, Thomas
Little, Trey Lang and Bill Walker of Cedar Point Yacht Club for
sponsoring the winter layover storage.
Scout will be in operation before the end of April. Remember, she
is now in Westport, CT and is available for use on Long Island Sound
and adjoining waters. Licensed captains may apply for qualification
to sail the boat. She is available for daily charter when not in
use by our Cadets. Consider taking your family for a cruise in this
boat that has sailed in both the Antarctic and the Arctic with Navy
and Coast Guard servicemen and scientists. This boat was fully restored
to yacht finish by Pilot Point Marine in Westbrook, CT under the
able leadership of Rives Potts. Glacier crew members assisting were
Don Epperson and Joe DeFranco.
Staehle of Kellogg Marine has continued their tremendous support
by pouring dozens of items into the rebuild of the Arctic Gayle
and Explorer, both of which are in Fort Lauderdale.
Arctic Gayle participated in the Fort Lauderdale Winterfest Boat
Parade. Our Cadets won a prize for their participation. The Cadets
have a regular Drill Schedule operating the Arctic Gayle with the
local USCG base. This requires the Cadets to sail from north of
the Lauderdale Yacht Club, under the 17th Street Bridge and through
the Port of Fort Lauderdale, the busiest port in the world, to reach
the United States Coast Guard base.
thanks to Joe Purtell of Interlux Paint for his support! (Visit
Arctic Gayle is sailing with two different bottom paints to test
new formulas for the paints formulated by Akzo Nobel, the parent
company for the Interlux Brand. John Crisci of 3K Diesel and his
team have assisted our Cadets with diesel maintenance. Special thanks
go to Commander Alan Starr and his Spruance Division Naval Sea Service
Corp Team, Jorge Perez and Randy Bieszczak. The Spruance Division
of the Sea Cadets under LCDR Starr now has 8 graduates going through
the Naval Academy! And 3 at Massachusetts Maritime Academy! This
is an outstanding accomplishment and the Glacier Society is pleased
to participate and support this team.
also thank the officers of both The Navy League of Fort Lauderdale
and the officers of the Broward County Navy League (visit www.bcnavyleague.org)
and Broward Navy Days, (visit www.browardnavydaysinc.org).
the major refit of the Explorer is progressing. Both main engines,
Detroit 8V92 turbos, have been totally rebuilt in frame. Many thanks
for the significant support from MTU-Detroit Diesel, (visit www.MTU-online.com).
They passed initial sea trial, but were unable to make a full power
run due to other equipment causalities. We are going through the
boat, space by space, to make her 100% new. This includes new interior
layout, fresh paint, electrical fixtures, plumbing, electronics
and safety equipment. When completed, she will berth up to 13 cadets
and will be sailing to the Bahamas to train with the Bahamian Coast
Guard. Gerald Roberts is our volunteer leader for the program. His
day job is with the City of Fort Lauderdale as Parks, Recreation
and Emergency Management Manager.
restoration of the Glacier is moving as well. We have been very
busy meeting with members of Congress under the leadership of Senator
Joseph Lieberman who is Chairman of Homeland Defense. The meetings
have been very positive. Clearly there is a new attitude in Washington
on the need for deploying icebreakers in the Arctic. We plan to
have Glacier underway as the pinnacle of our fleet of vessels, providing
leadership training, scientific investigations and health care.
LOG #53 - 27 January 2009
years ago we set sail aboard the Glacier headed for the Antarctic,
Ross Hatch was the Operations Officer and I was the Navigator. Our
cabins were adjacent to the Executive Officer, Matthew Winton. It
is hard to believe that today we are working as hard as we did then
to SAVE THE GLACIER.
In January 1960,
we entered into the Bellingshausen Sea on a mission to chart the
“Phantom Coast,” so named because it had evaded so many
explorers for so long. US Navy personnel had tried for over four
years, we were told, but we were given no details.
I can remember
being on the bridge with my navigation team and the Captain and
the Commodore, watching as we sailed off the paper charts into the
unknown frozen sea and ice.
No one had a
clue what lay under the confused surface of little open water, bergy
bits, ice flows, pack ice, ice bergs, and hidden rocks! Not a good
career move, one would think, for an Ensign to take the responsibility
for navigating in uncharted waters with a task force of two ships,
not knowing what lay ahead.
story of our expeditions in 1960 and 1961 is too long to relate
here, but suffice that we eventually crashed a helicopter and rescued
the crew, marooned a shore party in a 125 KT blizzard and recovered
them, sent another party to McNamara Island for three days to do
a baseline survey (Ross Hatch was one) and charted well over 200
nautical miles of coast line, reefs, and islands. For a considerable
period of time we were worried about getting out or having to winter
over onboard. Obviously we managed to fight our way out. Successfully
going where no one had been before for two years gives use confidence
we can do it again.
a copy of a recent book, “Where Hell Freezes Over” by
David A. Kearns
This is the
story of Bill Kearns flight and crash and survival on Thurston Island,
the area we charted from the USS Glacier AGB-4 and the Arctic Scout.
I met Bill at his home just before the book was written, but somehow
I just got re-connected this Christmas.
and you will learn more about the plans to recover the bodies of
the crew who did not survive the crash. The Glacier Society would
like to sail down and help with the recovery operation.
We are hard
at work planning to bring the Glacier to the Derecktor Shipyard
in Bridgeport to prepare for this mission and possibly provide service
to the US Coast Guard/National Science Foundation in the Arctic.
We need all your prayers and any assistance you care to consider
or offer in any way.
you for your support!
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