LOG #22 - 20 December 2002
Christmas & Happy New Year From the Glacier Crew!
Christmas tree is up and the crew is awaiting Santa. Please make
your gift today to support your crew. They are making wonderful
progress. Please make your gift right now! They deserve and need
preparations are complete for the movement of the ship. MARAD
transfer documents, insurance, tugs, harbor pilot, mooring lines
and fenders, USCG agreement on the movement protocol and the
inspection process. All that remains is the pier contract…..maybe
Santa will bring that as well!
continue to increase in size and level of individual commitment
and are being supported by many vendors who are supplying and
repairing parts free of charge. These efforts and contributions
accumulated to a value of about ONE MILLION DOLLARS THIS
PAST YEAR! Now you understand why you need to do your
systems are largely restored throughout the ship. There remain
some problem areas for sure, but steady progress is being made
so we can have crew members live aboard next year.
formed the "Hospitality Group" from the food service industry.
This team is committed to obtaining new galley gear and supplying
food for our crew.
have a growing membership of scientists and medical practitioners
who are enlisting the formal support of leading Universities
to staff our medical and research programs.
grant writing and fund raising efforts will expand next year
as the ship moves along side the pier. We increase our volunteer
numbers from restricted days to a schedule of 7 days a week.
This more aggressive work schedule will require additional funding
to meet our goals.
have two youth education programs working, one in the
East Coast aboard the Icebucket, and the other in the Bay Area
aboard the Motor Surf Boat.
every dollar you contribute goes directly to the ship. Not one
cent for overhead, salaries or administration. The Glacier Society
should be on the top of your charity list. It provides: Education,
Environmental Science & Medical Care and Research, combined with
the preservation of Polar History.
act today and make plans to assist by volunteering, contributing,
and spreading the word about our progress.
LOG #21 - 28 November 2002
have been unable to resolve the technical issues at Mare Island
and have turned our sights elsewhere in the Bay Area. We are
actively discussing several locations and reviewing contracts.
Our goal is to conclude a lease agreement ASAP. Our team will
meet in SFO during the week of Nov 9-13.
last work period aboard ship was very productive. We had an
interesting mix of Coast Guard, USCG Auxiliary, and USN as well
as civilians. Our best day had 12 volunteers. Most satisfying
was the presence of two ladies, wives of USCG and USN crew members.
Their performance was amazing and kept us motivated!! Gentlemen
we encourage you to bring along your wives, and you lady crew
members drag out the husband!! Thanks and WELL DONE to Frank
and Elaine Brown, USN and ex-ship mate of mine, and Mike and
Nancy Devine, USCG. Group Photos of this week's effort are on
now have a West Coast based team that is growing very strong.
Tom Rusert has assumed responsibility for handling public relations
and getting our story out locally. Steven Hilferty, USCG Auxiliary
is recruiting volunteers to help with restoration and ship movement.
He brought Dan DeVaul in as a volunteer this past session. I
worked with Dan. We had great fun and made significant progress.
Come on back Dan!!
received a shipment of dock lines; a donation from American
Ship management, Marty DeGrand placed them on MARAD's dock just
before we left. Everything we need to dock is aboard ship by
now. The major missing parts are: THE SHIPS WHEEL, ENGINE ORDER
TELEGRAPH, SHIP'S BELL, AND SHIP'S BUILDER PLATES. Someone out
there must have these items as they were certainly not junked
nor transferred to another vessel. They are in some person's
next big priority is to verify all our ventilation fan motors
and determine which need replacement. We have located replacement
fans of the same series and manufacturer easily accessible from
a ship along side. These fans are clean, dry, and near an open
deck for swift transport by crane to Glacier. We need electricians
and strong mechanics for December and January to complete this
priority is to clean the mast, aloft conning tower, and bridge
levels with fresh water and biodegradable detergent to remove
droppings and dirt. Then we wish to apply fresh paint by roller
so that the ship looks presentable when she moves into port.
We will be seeking sponsors for this activity during our trip
to the Work Boat Show next week. We have made amazing progress,
but more hands are required!! Lets all make a push to have her
look proud when she comes to the pier.
we have some more work to do to prepare the cabins on the main
deck starboard side for occupancy by volunteers. We removed
most of the old moldy carpet. One cabin remains with old carpet.
Then we need a thorough cabin scrub down, renew light fixtures,
and verify communications circuits and install computers.
Item: We are seeking qualified volunteers to live aboard once
we are pier side. We need constant security both internally
and externally. We need a local qualified leader who can direct
volunteers and keep the restoration work flow moving according
to plan. Good leadership characteristics combined with verbal
and computer communication skills are required. The candidates
must possess good technical ability and knowledge of the ship.
Please submit your interest with resume to the office.
THANKSGIVING WEEKEND TO ALL THE TEAM!
DAILY LOG - Aboard Ship
4 - 15 NOV 2002
was another productive day aboard, with 12 volunteers showing up.
Crew consisted of the following: Ben Koether, Adolf Maitz, Marty
DeGrand, Mike and Nancy Devine, Frank & Elaine Brown, Dennis
Hirth (Benicia Sea Cadet leader), Dan DeVaul, Ernie Kelly, Greg
Walker & Jack Erhard.
the clean up work in both aft steering and the motor rooms. Cleaned
the deck scuppers and drains, and recoated with "Henry' as needed.
Found and patched another leaking area, port side - 02-121. Removed
carpeting from staterooms. Continued acquisition of needed equipment
and furnishings from the Point Defiance. Materials staged aboard
the Pt. Defiance for future transfer by MARAD skid box. Cleaned
up hangar deck.
will work Monday and Tuesday next week with reduce crew, unless
any of you can join us!
Erhard, Glacier Restoration Team
to thank the special volunteers, the husband and wife teams! Mike
and Nancy Devine, (USCG Ret.) and Frank and Elaine Brown (USN Ret.)
I sailed with Frank. He brought along his scrap books, and photos,
we had a geat time!! This four member team accomplished verry important
work cleaning and improving the ship. I hope they will return and
live aboard when we get along side the pier.
were visited by the Contra Costa Times and featured on the front
page of this daily with a circulation of over 200,000 here locally.
Click here to read the stories.
Please think how you can contribute today to help your shipmates
in their efforts, time, friends, and money. Order
hats, shirts, jackets and wear them to spread the word, our
membership grows daily!! Thanks for your help!
3 - 14 NOV 2002
again today we had a total of nine (9) volunteers aboard. Present
were the following: Ben Koether (CT), Adolf Maitz (CT), Greg Walker
(CA), Marty DeGrand (CT), Frank & Elaine Brown (USN "G" alumni
- AZ) and Mike & Nancy Devine ( USCG "G" alumni -AZ ), and Jack
the clean up of debris in after steering. Completed the cleanup
of both motor rooms. Continued locating and transferring miscellaneous
shipboard components from the adjacent vessels, the Pt Loma, Pt.
Defiance & the Nemasket. Making trucking arrangements for moving
the donated docking lines to SBRF.
Erhard, Glacier Restoration Team
2 - 13 NOV 2002
we had a total of nine (9) volunteers aboard. Present were the following:
Ben Koether (CT), Adolf Maitz (CT), Greg Walker (CA), Marty DeGrand
(CT), Frank & Elaine Brown (USN "G" alumni - AZ) and Mike &
Nancy Devine ( USCG "G" alumni -AZ),and Jack Erhard (NJ).
clean up of debris in after steering caused by prior vent fan operation.
Also cleaning up leaking hydraulic fluids. Completed patch repairs
on the leaking trough drain on flight deck outside hangar door.
Leveled the three life boats and removed drain plugs to drain accumulated
rain water. Continued transferring miscellaneous shipboard components
from the adjacent vessels. Making trucking arrangements for moving
the donated docking lines to SBRF.
brief report can be summarized as follows: All arrangements for
the move, directly under our control, will be completed next week.
The only remaining steps will be to exchange paperwork with MARAD,
USCG & Tugs & Pilots. Then we will be ready to go! A berthing
contract still is outstanding as well as a harbor survey of Mare
Island docks. This is planned for this weekend if all parties can
agree on these details. We are working other pier alternatives.)
Erhard, Glacier Restoration Team
1 - 12 NOV 2002
we had a total of eleven (11) volunteers aboard, though some had
to depart at mid-day. Present aboard where the following: Ben Koether,
Adolf Maitz, Greg Walker, Ernie Kelley, Dan Rosenstrauch, Tom Rusert,
Mike White, Jerod White, Lisa Vorderbrueggan, Marty DeGrand, and
bulk of the day was spent aboard the "G" checking the bilge soundings,
sketching and planning the work necessary for the accommodation
ladder, checking for deck leaks, (found and started repairs of one),
removal of stack placards for future placement of the GS logo &
campaign ribbon placards for refreshing. Located leak on the flight
deck trough just outside the hangar door that was allowing water
into the winch compartment and below. Started repairs.
SBRF MARAD crew has transferred three life boats aboard which we'll
use in the future for fund raising rowing races. They also transferred
the vent fan assembly and two LARGE fenders.
tuned for more!
Erhard, Glacier Restoration Team
LOG #20 - 25 October 2002
that last order! We cancel sailing in November.
have run into unexpected technical difficulties with the proposed
berth #10 at Mare Island. We have attempted to extend the sailing
time for a short period in November so that we could resolve the
outstanding issues, but the SFO Pilots prefer to wait until the
end of February when both the weather and the transit conditions
in the Carquinez Straight improve. MARAD has agreed with our extended
stay in Suisun Bay. This is a big disappointment to our volunteers.
We truly believed Vallejo would become an ideal community to share
our project during the coming years.
we announced our intention to move the ship we have had about
30 new volunteers join our quest. The total number is now 250
men and women. The Coast Guard Auxiliary has made a major contribution
in this regard. Welcome Aboard! New Memberships dues and gifts
exceeding $20,000.00 arrived this week. This is great news that
balances the disappointment of not being able to sail to Mare
are assembling a team of specialists from our volunteer ranks
to crank up the search for a host berth that will give us a stable
location with an extended occupancy that justifies the start up
investment of our members. Mare Island is still a possibility,
but there are major obstacles to overcome.
believe we have been successful in reaching those of you who were
planning to drive to the ship by telephone. I sincerely apologize
for any inconvenience; we finalized this decision at 11:00 this
morning. Please help me make sure the word gets to all our membership.
We can inform you that we have all the necessary equipment and
support, tugs, pilots, mooring lines and signal flags. So all
we need is a satisfactory berthing arrangement, good weather and
we are off again to the pier, meanwhile we will continue our on
board restoration focusing on ventilation and fresh water distribution.
LOG #19 - 17 October 2002
reveille, reveille! All Hands Heave Out and Thrice up!
the Special Sea and Anchor Detail!
sails to Mare Island on one of these days depending on our tugs,
pilot, weather and crew availability: November 14, 15, or 18. We
believe the 18th is the best day if that works for our supporters.
It will give us the most time to prepare the ship and berth at Mare
Island. However, if you wish to sail, you had better be nearby bearing
a hand on Tuesday November 12th to get the ship ready. Some of us
will be there the week before making arrangements, you're welcome
then as well.
need crew to man positions: line handlers, lookouts, radio operators
and messengers, guides for VIP's, press and photographers, quartermaster
for the log book, security for the gangway, pier crew for line handling,
signalmen for the flag bag, electricians to supply current for lighting,
anchor windlass, engine men and machinists, and of course sweepers.
must prepare a roster of those who wish to sail. We need to assign
positions and organize life jackets for each person, so please make
your arrangements immediately and inform via e-mail myself, Vickie,
and Jack Erhard, email@example.com.
you have questions or need assistance in anyway call 866-ICE-PLAY.
who receives this is invited, however we cannot take all 4,500 of
you who are on this mailing list so hurry and get your name in.
Some members of our team do not have e-mail, we've called some already,
but if you know of others or have friends who have not joined up
and gotten their name on our mailing list you are welcome to invite
them as well. We will work out the approved list with USCG and MARAD
and confirm back to you your position on board or on the pier at
you all for your great efforts and contributions. This is an exciting
time for us all. I hope to see you on board!!
LOG #18 - 9 October 2002
you all!! This is the moment we have dreamed of for nearly three
years since the day Glacier's retired crewmembers began the drive
to restore Glacier. A Well Done to all hands: Army, Navy, Coast
Guard, Merchant Marine, Marines, Scientists, Seabees, Air National
Guard, VX6, US Coast & Geographic Survey, NOAA, members of Congress
and the local political staff in California and Connecticut. What
a magnificent team assembled via the Internet and personal phone
calls. You are a great team!
- MARAD has approved the final set of transfer documents. Glacier
Society is cleared to remove the ship from Benicia. We are planning
to execute the move to Mare Island Pier #10 during the week of
November 11 to 15. There is not a 100% guarantee of this date
but everyone is working hard to make it a reality. Now is the
time to book your travel reservations, many us from the East Coast
will be scheduling to remain on station for a month or more.
- There are significant tasks remaining to be accomplished both
on board the ship and ashore. You have just three weeks left to
become a Restoration Plank Owner so you must step up and volunteer
now to take action to become a member of this group. Call Jack
or Glacier Society Headquarters at 1-866-ICE-PLAY to enlist and
volunteer your skills.
- We need crewmembers for the trip from MARAD to Mare Island.
Please let us know if you are available and what tasks you are
qualified for. We also need crewmembers to be stationed on the
pier to handle the lines when we come along side. We will be berthing
along side a navy barge which is moored to the pier. We will need
photographers, personnel on the bridge, windlass operators, signalmen
for flags, personnel to serve hot coffee and snacks, and guides
for VIP's and the press. Don't forget one of the most important
tasks on a ship…THE SWEEPERS!!….we have lots of sweeping and vacuuming
both on deck and below. We need a roster, so contact us by phone
or e-mail ASAP.
- We will not be able to park mobile homes or RV's on Mare Island
for the foreseeable future. We will seek alternative locations
for those of you who wish to drive such vehicles to Vallejo.
- We are seeking volunteers who are qualified and positioned to
dedicate lengthy periods of time to assisting with the restoration
evaluation and the engineering design work. Currently licensed
mariners are particularly valuable to us in this process. Please
submit your history and availability to the office.
you on board,
LOG #17 - 1 September 2002
have our first Major Glacier society Board Meeting this week at
which time we will review our plans to move the ship to Berth
#10 at Mare Island. If the Management Board approves the draft
documents they will be off to MARAD and the Mare Island Crews
for signatures. We expect to have Glacier along side the pier
will continue as previously outlined, being the second week of
the month. We have two months left, September and October and
then the move. If you have not been aboard, these two months are
your last chance to qualify as a "Restoration Plank Owner". Please
contact Jack Erhard to book your participation. Reach Jack at:
Jack will relieve Bob Farmer officially during the movement from
Mare Island. Bob has responsibilities at home that will prevent
his continuing the aggressive schedule he has maintained for the
past two years. We will have an award for Bob at that time, meanwhile
please send him your thanks. Bob has performed a wonderful service
and has set a "Gold Standard" for the retired United States Coast
Guard Captains. We're looking for another retired USCG Captain
to pick up from Bob. Who's going to step up?!
weekend I had the pleasure of working the California Restaurant
Show with Eric Rosenquist, our Hospitality Group Leader. We raised
about $50,000 worth of new equipment for the ships galley, and
we are not done yet. Please be assured that we will have an entirely
new galley with the latest equipment. We are building a special
Hospitality Leaders Web page at the Glacier web site, watch to
see who the members are. You will be impressed!
have signed contracts with Elderhostel. Three programs will begin
next spring aboard ship. Elderhostel ran a similar program for
the Battleship Missouri and it was one of their most successful
series. We hope to set a new record.
society will be very busy this month. We will be at these activities:
Society Trustees and Managing Board September 4th, Stratford,
visits Digital Ship in London and holds discussions with Glacier
Society of UK. September 7-14.
holds up the flag at the Norwalk Oyster Festival, sharing
booth with Sea Cadets and Navy League, September 6-8 in Norwalk,
briefs UNOLS Icebreaker Coordinating Committee at the National
Science Foundation, Sept. 23-24.
SNAME Trade Show in Boston Sept 25-28, see: www.sname.org.
this plus our regular week aboard ship Sept. 9 through 13.
you are interested in voyaging aboard Glacier from MARAD to the
pier please contact the Glacier Office via e-mail, but first ask
yourself, are my dues paid?
like to ask you some questions. How many persons would be interested
in having RV parking and power facilities along side Glacier at
Mare Island? How many of you would like us to arrange joint visits
to the ship with a pre-set tour of the Napa Valley, San Francisco
and other parts of California? We encourage you to consider bringing
the family for a joint work and tour. Please give us your comments.
LOG #16 - 21 July 2002
We completed a record two weeks work period aboard ship in Suisun
Bay. About 20 persons were active most days, either aboard ship
or working issues ashore. We accomplished some very significant
events. I'll just mention the highlights:
a. We conducted an underwater survey to check the propellers and
b. We removed an exhaust fan that services the forward portion
of the ship. It is frozen and will need replacement or rebuild.
We located two identical units on a nearby ship, so we have alternatives.
c. We conducted an inspection of the Main Diesels. Fairbanks is
preparing a quotation of parts and assistance for returning all
10 engines to service. The inspection included removal of ports.
The engines look very good. All lighting in the engine rooms worked.
Visibility was excellent for the first time and the spaces are
beginning to appear normal. You can now visualize them being back
in 4.0 condition with another big push from a dedicated group
of engine men.
d. We completed disassembly of frozen parts on the forward crane
so they can be repaired and the crane placed back in operation.
e. We recovered a very significant quantity of parts from the
ships along side and we constructed inventory lists on a palm
top for transmittal to a PC database. The ship is coming together
very professionally and with great teamwork and organization.
If we can turn out big crews like this again we will approach
having a complete inventory of parts on board, or identified as
missing, so we will know what we need to get underway.
We launched a new effort, Hospitality Services, led by Eric Rosenquist
of Cinni-Little. Cinni-Little is the preeminent Food Service Design/Consulting
firm in North America. He conducted a through survey of the galley,
reefers, food storage, and the berthing. He will form a Committee
of Food Service Industry Manufacturers to restore completely our
total capability for Hotel services. This will include cooking,
holding, preparation, dispensing, cleaning and berthing supplies
as well as food stores. The goal will be to have limited capability
shortly after we hit the pier with full operational capability
by next spring when Elderhostel's program with the Glacier will
We conducted a "Pier" meeting and reached verbal agreement on
terms and conditions for a berth. We are awaiting conformation
documents from the real estate agents prior to drafting a contract.
Meanwhile we are still investigating alternatives. However, for
the first time I believe we have berthing in hand.
We have begun discussions with possible vendors on telephone switchgear.
Glacier's switch is missing. The proposed new equipment will give
us full ships telephone service and interconnect to shore circuits.
Our goal will be to have this in operation coincident with hitting
the pier so we have good communications and security services
Last but not least, I wish to share that this past week we had
our first international member volunteer, Keith Holmes from Oxford
England. Keith is a veteran of Stonington Base, a geologist by
trade and explorer by interest. He will be our senior leader in
the UK and very active with us in the future! Keith shares the
vision of sailing up the Thames to London!!
WE URGENTLY NEED YOUR MEMBERSHIP AND CONTRIBUTION!
PLEASE WRITE A CHECK TODAY OR CONTRIBUTE AT THE WEB SITE.
SUPPORT YOUR CREW!
Glacier Society, Inc.
LOG #15 - 30 June 2002
We are pleased and proud to announce that Rear Admiral James Miller
USN SC (Ret.) has joined our Management Advisory Board. Jim was
previously the CEO of the Navy Memorial after his retirement from
active duty. This and more information will be posted on the web
site next week along with information on the other directors.
Jim is already working hard for us. I can't tell you how much
it means to have a reply to my dawn messages within seconds. The
first man on the bridge early in the morning is the Admiral with
thoughtful facts and guidance on sourcing the many pieces that
are still missing.
Happy July 4th. Our crewmembers and volunteers are preparing to
head out to the ship for July 8th workweek. We have about 20 people
and will have a very energetic effort that will include an underwater
inspection of the screws and rudder. We want to be sure we are
getting all the parts necessary to get her steaming! We also plan
to make spot checks on the hull plate thickness.
Vickie Ipacs is traveling to Europe for the month of July. Her
phone is forwarded to mine, so responses may slow down for a while
we experience our "summer office hours". Tom Beck, Helen Belkin
and other volunteers will try to keep the ball rolling.
We have completed the MRAD contract and it is ready for signature.
We have additional documents to submit for the business issues
and insurance. These are in hand and will be completed by the
end of July for submittal to the Secretary of Transportation.
The ICEBUCKET (the old Arctic Survey Boat) has been hauled at
Captain's Cove Marina and lies outside the Aquaculture School.
We have a group of local volunteers who is committed to "take
her down the original glass finish and rebuild her interior. She
has some rotten wood, leaks, crazed ports, missing mast, outdated
running lights, and general disarray that present a less than
"Bristol" condition suitable for an Admiral's Launch. This is
our goal, to make her perfect! She will pass a 4.0 Inspection
when complete and will have all the latest electronics fully integrated.
We will involve as many youth groups in the process as a learning
experience and on the job training.
We want to say thank you to the Senators and Congressman who wrote
letters of support for our grant application at Save America's
Treasures. As of Friday night the letters were still coming in.
California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, I know are in and other
States are in process.
will send a special report after our visit to the ship.
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.
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
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 &
LOG - JUNE 2000
We have had a very busy and productive two months. Enclosed at the
end of this message is a Press Release from Congressman Shays describing
the passage of the House Defense Authorization Act that includes
our Bill. The Senate will follow shortly and send the package to
the President for his signature.
We have located the "GREENLAND" or "ARCTIC" cruiser that served
as the GLACIER survey vessel while operating in uncharted waters.
This is a double-ended 40-Foot boat powered with a GM diesel. She
is being prepared for transport to Norwalk, CT where she will be
hosted by Cove Marine. Our volunteers will work at the Cove Facility
until we make the boat ready for sea. We are seeking qualified volunteers
to assist in this restoration. This work qualifies for sea time
We were assisted by Boy Scout Troop 100 in preparing a Memorial
Day Parade float in Westport, CT. Congratulations to the Scouts!
Remember Admiral Byrd always selected several Eagle Scouts to join
his expedition. We are re-establishing this program with Scouts
earning sea time aboard the next GLACIER cruise.
Hats off to Peterson Power! They have provided GLACIER with a 25KW
Generator set which is aboard ship and operating to provide our
teams with light and ventilation.
We have a new staff member. Ron Gaines is a retired Master Chief
USN. Ron called us when he heard about our project. He has moved
his family from New Hampshire to be close to our office! Now that
Do not forget: Those who are members and those who work to help
restore the ship are the first chosen to ride the ship. If you are
not a member yet. you may sign up online. This site is revised weekly
so keep an eye on the progress and meet the members who are active.
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