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LOG #32 - 23 December 2003
Christmas and Happy New Year to you all and on behalf of the crew
and membership let me send you heartfelt thanks for your support.
have been silent for a while, two reasons: First I have been in
Europe and second we were aboard ship again in December with members
of the American Geophysical Union who were holding their annual
Convention in San Francisco. The ship is all secured and ready to
move to the pier.
we need your ongoing support to keep the Glacier Society going!
If you can, please consider making a year-end financial contribution
by clicking on DONATE at the left.
is the SITREP:
Masa, visit: http://www.masamarine.com/
and look for Icebreakers, sent a designer to visit the ship
and they have subsequently presented a proposal for beginning
the redesign process. They were very supportive of the project
and believe it is indeed feasible. This is very big news and
we will be proceeding with these discussions early next year.
DNV also sent a surveyor who paralleled Kvaerner and our team.
We entered voids and found them to be in excellent condition.
A complete inspection will be accomplished once we are along
side the pier in preparation for placing the ship in Class.
Teco-Westinghouse inspected the main propulsion motors and the
generators and cleared them for being placed back on line. They
also conducted a class in motor design and maintenance for our
work crew. We all enjoyed being back in class.
We received the okay to proceed to pier 80 after the successful
election of the new Mayor Newsome in the City of San Francisco.
We are completing the movement details ASAP and hope to shift
the week of FEB 17th 2004. As soon as the movement details are
confirmed with all the parties we will send out the detailed
We received aboard a team of scientists who previously cruised
on the ship and discussed new modifications to the compartments
and structure so as to make Glacier State of the Art Science
capable. Kvaerner participated and contributed their Icebreaker
knowledge. This was a giant step forward.
The Arctic Research Commission Executive team, Capt. Newton
& Dr. Garry Brass, also participated. Visit: http://www.arctic.gov/.
only barrier remaining in front of Glacier's sailing is the lack
of funding and we have robust plans to attack and solve that issue
just as we have every other issue since the day we began this effort.
Keep the faith we will prevail.
LOG #31 - 6 October 2003
vision of creating an unparalleled platform for environmental
research, humanitarian aide and outstanding hands-on educational
experience is moving ahead!
We will be in San Francisco between OCT 15 -20 to participate
in engineering meetings and set the plan to move to the pier.
have ceased work aboard ship. MARAD is reorganizing their business.
When that process is completed we expect to have the ship movement
We are working on major grants, cash
is needed immediately to fund the process, please
dig down and focus on recruiting more members. Here are the
recent crew reports, enjoy. Sorry all of you were not aboard
to share the thrill of music playing throughout the ship, 1MC
piping announcements, and the horn blowing, while the machine
shop cranks out parts, and the crew welds repairs. It was awesome.
Glacier is a working ship!
Volunteer Update Log
18th Update from Don Pomplun
"Present today were Frank Wright, Werner Pels, Don Pomplun
and a late cameo appearance by a stowaway named Ben. Also visiting
was Larry Roman, president of Ever-Green Communications, a specialist
in Northern Telecom telephone switches. Attempts to revive the
current system were unsuccessful. The Rustoleum Gang continued
to attack the forward air-conditioning compressor room, and straightened
out the boat deck office/storage areas. The service air compressor
was fired up to sound a welcome whistle for our fearless leader
as he waited at the MARAD barge. It was reported to be loud &
August 5th Update from Jim Echoff
"Had 5 volunteers, today, they where Ray Bunten, Don Pomplun,
George Wallace, Jack Diffily (1st time), and myself. The shore
power cable, cables where meggered and tested (2nd set). They
are OK for service. Today, was another general fix it day. Repaired
and welded the hand rail on the ladder next to the hangar on the
port side. Worked on more electrical gremlins and such. Repaired
leak on the port side of the bridge where water was coming in.
Re-pined all cables, holding safety net frames on the flight deck.
The ships horn was again tested today, with George and myself
under it. Will not tell you what was said of the person who did
the test without announcing it on the 1MC."
August 7th Update from Don Pomplun
"We managed to power up the navigation lights, not with the
extension cord, but off the main electrical panel. The problem
was that the panel we had been looking for was actually a purloined
transfer switch in the chart room. We discovered the severed cables
and spliced them together. We also found a fuse panel out on the
weather deck, replacing the fuses brought light to a number of
areas on the 01 & 02 levels."
11th Update from Jim Echoff
"The ship's welder working, pad eyes moved and re-welded.
Boarding ladder is ready to be completed. When we do move, we
will have to tie up starboard side, unless we have a crane to
move the ladder to the port side."
8 & 12 Update from Ray Bunten
"Worked on wiring for the foredeck floodlight and anchor
(top of jack staff) light. Placed Jack Staff in position. Bow
light operates from its proper switch in pilothouse Frank continued
cleanup of compartments in the B1 second platform area. Picked
up several power panel covers from the Point Defiance and replaced
badly rusted cover in helo hanger.
Main motors commutators are in excellent condition; the brushes
and brush rigging are in good condition. Checked the heaters
in main motors and propulsion generators. Can start dry out
as soon as shore power is available.
closure of the ship for winter. All possible ports and vents
have been secured in some cases duct tape was used to supplement
LOG #30 - 2 September 2003
to high technology! I am writing you and sending email via wireless
e-mail at the airport. I will be traveling constantly until
World Technology Conference in San Francisco October 17
to 20. This will be a good opportunity for you folks on the
West Coast to meet the crew, visit the ship, and see a good
show. Visit the web site for details.
Our Big News: We have a new Vice President of Communications
and Development ...Steve Johnson. Steve brings a record
of achievement at the highest levels in non-profit management.
He served as President of AmeriCares for ten years. That group
distributes medical supplies and care worldwide.
Echoff, has been appointed the Restoration Site Coordinator
for the Crew and MARAD. Jim has spent nearly 100 days aboard
ship at MARAD. He knows every inch of Glacier and is committed
to ride her to sea!
are on track with various grant requests and we are building
momentum with new volunteers dedicated to this task. We hope
to be generating a high volume of specific targeted funding
requests in the months ahead. Steve Johnson will be spearheading
Ship Yards is sending a team to generate a ROM budget for
our major overhaul to place Glacier into "class".
We will be meeting in San Francisco soon. San Francisco Dry
Dock has already made an effort in this regard. Other shipyards
have been invited to participate in the process.
Communications has presented its first proposal for the
new phone system. Our Volunteers onboard ship will review the
plan and we will prepare to move forward with the installation
in the near future.
Environmental has agreed to donate materials to rebuild ICEBUCKET
and equip her with heat and air conditioning. Just the equipment
we need to support our Youth Program.
LOG #29 - 6 August 2003
is always a hard task for volunteer organizations. Thank the
Lord we have such a dedicated core crew membership that keeps
things moving ahead while lots of families take their vacations.
I am one!! Lately I have been receiving emails asking
where are you? Well I am taking care of family obligations
but do not worry things are moving along
. we have a dedicated
We are sending this to almost 4,000 addressees tonight. Only
one addressee kicked up questionable as I entered the mail program.
Thanks to Vickie's diligence in editing the database.
work continues daily as scheduled. Lots of progress on many
fronts. Last month we had SBC Communications aboard and we are
expecting a new phone switch to be installed soon. This will
be a great addition and an essential part of the ship's equipment
configuration for coming to the pier. Communications via voice
to our supporters, and security forces, will be essential to
sorted out shore power cables, boarding ladder, electrical connections,
sound systems, and dozens of other details last month and this
pier move remains an issue related to California political maneuverings.
We are hard on the case, but please realize the peoples minds
are focused elsewhere at the moment
did you watch TV tonight?
...Maybe things will get better after the first of September,
please make a prayer and, "keep the faith" we the
people will prevail and move Glacier into San Francisco soon.
realized tonight that Walnut Creek, CA is the town with
the largest number of dedicated supporters making scheduled
trips to Glacier. THREE CHEERS to Walnut Creek!
staff at GS HQ is working on new marketing materials and program
that means fundraising. Our needs besides the
ship are software and equipment to support our growing list
of volunteers who are showing up at HQ in CT to work for the
Society. We are bringing on board new volunteers daily back
East, a great sign that our work is gaining recognition. THANKS
TO YOU SHIP BOARD VOLUNTEERS!
LOG #28 - 3 July 2003
resumes July 7th for two weeks, please join the Team!
We had a very productive month in June. Outstanding team of volunteers
and a record number of people, both repeats and new. Please visit
and here you will see all the volunteers listed. If your name
is not there you know what to do! This month was a big highlight
for the ships systems are coming on line smoothly. We have a great
team of talented and cooperative man & women working smoothly
together in spite of their great separations by time and space
and the difficult working conditions. Before I left last week
we sounded the ships whistle, piped the crew to take a break and
get into the hammocks for a rest! We sounded the alarms, collision,
chemical, etc. And they all worked! We are all proud of the engineers
and skilled workers who designed and built such a magnificent
ship. It is truly an amazing tribute to our country's character
that this ship and all it's systems are coming back after so many
years of neglect with so little effort.
Big News! The ASME, American Society of Mechanical Engineers,
has approved Glacier's nomination as a "Historic Mechanical
Engineering Landmark" There is more work to do, but the award
should be officially announced in the fall. This was a team effort
lead by Joseph C. DeFranco, P.E. An outstanding example of what
one fresh volunteer can bring to lead our members to new successes.
Both the Port & Starboard anchor chains are bent on and both
windlass sets are working. Pelican hooks are set and the anchors
are ready to run.
All ventilation fans are running in their proper directions. And
the ship is full of fresh air. This is the first time I could
smell no trace of musty orders. The ship is alive and feels ready
We completed the ultrasonic and visual inspections of the hull
plates and voids under the direction of Edge Testing of Benicia,
CA. You can see photos of Joe Arvizu and his team on the web site.
The measurements showed more than enough steel in the hull and
welded closure plates. Most significantly, the voids were very
clean with just surface rust and no scaling or structural degradation.
Conclusion: Glacier will pass into class without a problem.
The Benicia Sea Scouts have reconditioned our MSB and they cruised
me to observe Glacier from the waters edge. The next day they
volunteered aboard Glacier and cleaned up the mess created when
we lit off the ventilation fans. GREAT JOB! Meeting these fine
youngsters made the past 5 years work all worth it! Each of you
has helped, thanks.
All watertight hatches & void covers are closed except a few
hatches we need to reach the engineering spaces to light off power
for the windlass. All mooring lines are flaked out and ready to
run. New flags and signal halyards are rigged, we are ready to
move to the pier.
to see Congressman Simmons Award.
The 1MC made a call for all hands last month for the first time
in 15 years, PERFECTLY!
We are working out the troubles with the sound powered phone circuits,
and expect volunteer assistance from Northern Telecom to fix our
broken dial telephones. We should know about this next week. Pier
80 becomes available July 5th as the MARAD lease expires, we are
hard at work to secure a lease, stand by.
LOG #27 - 1 June 2003
BEGINS Monday June 9th for two weeks, see you on board!
ship will be ready to move after this month's effort that will complete
the ultrasonic survey of the hull plates and the installation of
the anchor gear. We will meet with USCG MSO, tugs, Pilots, and set
a window for the move, SF Pier 80 remains the target.
like to share just a bit of our mail with you, here are edited reports
from the ship & others this past few weeks, and italics are my comments.
I think you will gain an appreciation of the effect we are having.
Please, if you cannot participate aboard ship, send in some cash
to help these men and women who are bringing the Glacier alive.
They need and deserve your financial support. Remember moving alongside
the pier takes CASH DOLLARS as well as volunteers. Make a written
reminder now...visit the secure web site and join
or make your contribution
Restoration Crew 05.14.2003 Jim Echoff (USCG Ret.) Reporting:
First thing......................... We will get anchor chain tomorrow,
Thurs 5/15. Here is the drill: MARAD found some 2 1/4" chain, they
started taking it off of one of the ships…. so we will get the chain
right before or after (MARAD's) lunch. The crane will make sure
we have the chain secured in the chain locker and are pulling it
aboard. IF, we run out of time and there is still chain on the barge,
at quitting time, they will take the remainder of the chain, and
place it in front of the ship. Then, next month, the remainder of
the chain can be brought aboard and put into the chain locker. As
for today, work continued. Werner Pels, Frank Wright, Don Pomplun,
Ernie Kelley, and myself where present. Worked on cleaning up deck
areas, worked on alarms & tracing wire to vent motors. Placed 3
signal halyard lines on the port side, could only get 1 on the starboard
side. It is going to take someone who wants to climb the stick and
go out on the yardarms to finish this job. Ben has volunteered his
son; we will complete preparations for the new flag bags in June.
The new sets of signal flags arrived! We are ordering new service
ribbon plaques to be mounted on the Bridge Wings.
effort today, both on the vent system & anchor chain projects. (The
exhaust ventilation fan on the Port side is now reinstalled and
fully operational and the Port anchor chain is complete, we will
finish the other in June). Frank continued his rust cleanup
and he and Ernie took lots of pictures. (We are working to get
these excellent photos of the chain loading this week at GS HQ).
sure and copy Brent (A new volunteer, Welcome aboard Brent!) on
all the Emails - we may have him hooked."
Krogh Pump Company, Benicia, CA
should be able to help with some prep and the move. I have helped
in the past (okay, only once), but I am making myself available
to help with the move. Please keep the info coming." David Blackwell
ET3, USCG DF '80, '81, '82
and I would like very much to be part of the move. Mike and Nancy
Devine want to be part of this also. We are anxiously (but not more
anxiously than you, I'm sure) waiting the actual date so we can
get reservations, etc. Would staying at the Best Western in Benicia
be the most central location? Is there a better place? We're just
full of questions that you will probably answer in due time."
Frank Brown USN (Ret.)
Hospital Corps man who has worked on the restoration and helped
keep our crew members alive and well in 1959. He and his wife brought
the Devine family along, great fun to share this with them.
to all volunteers:
I initially joined in order to forward your messages to one of your
alumni, CPO Richard Zinser. Thank you for your service to our country."
Ed Wood USCG (Ret.)
Sailors Never Give Up Hope!
Currently, June 9 - 20 are open for me, not accounting
for falling in love."
Yes, I would like to join the crew for the cruise to SF. I expect
I can be a more helpful volunteer once the Glacier is dockside in
SF and available weekends. I mentioned to Jim, yesterday, I have
experience painting and would be happy to contribute in that way.
Also, I like to cook and would be interested in helping in the Galley
with food service when you get to that point.
Cheers! Bob Nordhausen, USN, Ret.
I definitely want to be part of the crew for the move. It will be
great to get her into San Francisco where we can work on weekends.
Then I can put in much more time. I will stay flexible during this
period. GREAT WORK, BEN!! (He means all of you!)
LOG #26 - 10 May 2003
THE EXCITEMENT BUILD AND PLEASE FULLY APPRECIATE THE NATION WIDE
TEAM THAT IS MAKING THIS HAPPEN. FROM MARAD HQ IN WASHINGTON, IBM'S
LAB IN NEW JERSEY, EXXON/MOBIL IN TEXAS, LEGAL IN CONNECTICUT AND
FLORIDA, VENDOR SUPPORT IN OVER A DOZEN STATES AND FOREIGN COUNTRIES
COMBINED WITH THE VOLUNTEERS FROM CIVILIAN, USCG, USCG AUX, USN,
and special force members, USA, USMC, and USAF, THE PROJECT IS COMING
TOGETHER FOR THE MOVE. I THOUGHT YOU WOULD LIKE TO HEAR THE PROGRESS
REPORTS IN THE WORDS OF THE CREW MEN ABOARD SHIP.
WEEK WE WILL COMPLETE THE PRE MOVEMENT PREPARATIONS ABOARD SHIP,
CLOSE OUT ALL ADMINISTRATIVE PAPERWORK AND WORK WITH THE AGENCIES
AND OUR SUPPORTERS TO SET A MOVEMENT DATE.
Signal flags have been ordered and Bill Jones's wife is going to
sew the new flag bags."
"kit" (special tools for the detachable links required to bend on
anchor chain) arrived, two tapered pin hammers & lead plugs. With
the hairpins that I made, I think we are in pretty good shape to
complete the anchor chain operation next week."
and cleaned for reuse two removable chain links from the port anchor.
One 2 1/2 and one 2 1/4. JT Washington has promised to provide the
lead plugs. Installed back up cable stopper for Stbd.. anchor and
released inboard pelican hook. Cleaned and lubricated inboard anchor
turnbuckles. Continued pumping water and cleaning up in CPO quarters
where water came in through port hole. Continued cleaning resistor
and control cabinets on towing winch. Volunteers aboard Werner Pels,
Frank Wright and Ray Bunten."
"MARAD crew removed the forward anchor that was deployed through
the bull nose this morning. Crew also rearranged the forward wires
to the Mauna Kea and the Nemasket to clear the forward deck area
for chain handling. This clearly shows that the ship is being prepared
know whether I qualify as strong and capable, but I'll be there
next week, EXCEPT for Thursday. Thanks to our MARAD escort, Mr.
Washington, we got a lot of chain prep work done this week that
would have been much more difficult without his expert advice."
you for providing regular, early information about the timing for
the USCGC GLACIER shift to San Francisco."
John Pace, SeaRiver Maritime, Inc.
welcome Brent Anderson, a good friend and fellow trombone player.
He is looking forward to helping on Tuesday and Thursday, as I will
LOG #25 - 05 May 2003
We continue making steady progress and are closing in on the
move date. Here are the list of outstanding items that are completed
or will be by the end of next week.
The anchor windlass is operational having been certified by
our crew and confirmed by MARAD. The chain will be loaded and
bent on to the anchors next Tuesday & Thursday. WE NEED ALL
HANDS THOSE DAYS. A detachable link kit is on order for
next week to connect the anchor chain.
bilges are dry and flooding alarms will be completed and operational
voids that were opened have been closed and we are beginning
to Set Condition Zebra second deck and below as the ultra sonic
survey is completed.
have gathered considerable ultrasonic readings of the plates
and things look good, but we will await the official report
from our Pro Bono survey team led by the able Joe Arvizu of
Edge Testing and Inspection. Please give a big hand to Joe,
he has volunteered whilst he is forming his new company.
Flags and halyards are on order. We need a volunteer canvas
shop to make us a flag bag cover, who's out there??
watertight doors are operational. The decks are cleared of obstructions
and new lifelines rigged. The mooring lines are flaked out ready
II PFD's will be loaded next week, borrowed from the Red Oak
Victory, Thank you Red Oak Victory!!
will meet with the SFO Warfinger next Monday to complete arrangements
for Pier 80 and place the order for the insurance.
leaves us only to wind up the details with USCG MSO and the
SFO Pilots and SeaRiver Tugs to set the movement date.
your Finance Team, Grants Team, and the Design & Build team are
hard at work lining up money and specifications for the dry dock
LOG #24 - 31 March 2003
are a bit slow in reporting this month because we are so engaged
with ship activities and now an increasing burden of shore based
paper work focused on the restoration of the ship. Here are the
highlights for the month of March.
Ship pre-movement preparations are advancing. Yesterday Peterson
Power & MARAD delivered a 350 KW Gen Set to the hanger deck.
This will be cut into the ships electrical system to power the
anchor windlass and the after mooring winches. Anchor chain will
All gear and spaces are ready to get underway. All we have to
do is to complete pumping the bilges and seal the voids and close
all hatches below the waterline. But we will also install bilge
alarms, and eventually will have them linked with wireless telemetry
to our local volunteers and GS HQ. We are also investigating new
technology, (Safe Harbor) for Video surveillance of the ship that
will be available over the Internet.
We have visited with various suppliers to assist in developing
new specifications for the re-build of Glacier. Several have submitted
written quotations and even shop drawings, so this effort is gaining
real steam. The number one priority is to bring on one or more
shipyards to give us some assistance with restoration estimates.
Two yards have requested a set of plans for review. Meanwhile
our Design Team continues its work towards developing a shipyard
We are circulating a set of Science specifications, or a Science
Mission Statement & capabilities outline, for review. If you would
like one to receive one speak up. We are seeking as many sources
and ideas as possible. We are awaiting completion of the Medical
Teams first draft and then it will be circulated. And last we
are beginning to pull together the Education component. This is
being spearheaded by our San Francisco based Team, under the leadership
of Tom Rusert and Gary Franklin, and our East Coast
team lead by John Barell at the American Museum of Natural
week we will conduct an ultra sonic survey of the hull from the
interior spaces where we can access the outer plating. This, with
the pier contract, the tow plan and the insurance should position
us for final clearance by USCG to move to SFO Pier 80 in June.
We will try to set a date with as much advance notice as possible.
are creating a new web page with a listing of our Corporate Sponsors,
a paragraph about those significant contributors, and links to
their home site. Please watch it should be up soon. And if your
name is not there, we'd be happy to help you receive recognition…just
take some action today!
POINT - WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH PRE MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES
NEXT WEEK AND IN MAY. PLEASE MAKE AN EFFORT TO COME OR SEND A REPRESENTATIVE
OF YOUR ORGANIZATION NEXT WEEK FOR SURE! VISIT THE WEB SITE FOR
DETAILS OR GLACIER SOCIETY HQ.
LOG #23 - 28 February 2003
have begun a very productive year, 2003. We logged twice as
many volunteer man-days than we had in the same period of time
last year. The future looks very bright, thank you all.
pre movement survey will be in the hands of the USCG this week
and followed shortly by the tow plan and a target date agreed
upon by USCG, SeaRiver Tugs, SFO Pilots, and our membership.
Looks like the end of April or early May.
next workweek is March 10 to 14. Let's keep the pace up; we
have lots to do to get ready to move. If you are a volunteer
we will send you the detailed work list and some preliminary
are completing several grant applications. If you know of someone
who is qualified we could use more hands for this effort, and
general fund raising.
vendor participation is growing with preliminary design efforts
and specifications for the ship overhaul moving ahead quickly.
Our team of doctors from Yale Medical School is drafting a medical
plan and we are gaining in enlistments from leading Scientific
centers such as Byrd Polar Institute. Keep an eye on the web
site for details of all the new "board members and their credentials."
You'll find it very impressive indeed.
recent accomplishments put the following into operation: Quick
acting watertight doors, running lights, forward crane.
International has made a very generous and significant commitment
to provide training for our crewmembers to attain STCW certification.
Access will be via application and scheduling at our head office.
We will begin this process once the ship is alongside the pier
and we have established the crew requirements and determined
the bridge equipment and configuration. Meanwhile visit the
web site: www.MarineSafety.com.
You will be very impressed. Our crew will be have the very best
training available. We have requests out to other schools for
additional training programs that may be closer to your home.
membership continues to climb, and our corporate support as
well. Have you done everything you can to bear a hand? We need
dedicated funds for berthing, mooring gear, fire protection
equipment, and supplies. Once alongside we will continue with
our Elderhostel Program. There are nearly 20 participants excited
and waiting availability to join the crew aboard ship. IF
NOT A MEMBER NOW, JOIN TODAY! WE NEED YOUR PARTICIPATION NOW!
are in discussions with SNAME to establish a joint program at
the World Maritime Technology Conference and Exposition in San
Francisco October 17 to 20. Visit www.SNAME.org.
Corporate sponsorship opportunities will be available for this
event that will be in downtown San Francisco.
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