RESTORATION LOG #41 - 22 December
has been a great month; here is an edited version of the crew report:
Aboard were: Jim Echoff CWO, USCG (Ret.) Bill Jones USCG (Ret.),
Bob Nordhausen USN (Ret.), Werner Pels LT USN (Ret.), Don Pomplun,
Butch Wallace USA Reserve, John Ward, USCG (Ret.), Dr. Frank Wright,
generator is on line with the smaller as alternate, run one or the
other but not both! The fuel tank of 150 gallons is filled. The
exhaust is fitted to the outside. The hanger dick now requires "ear
protection". We now have sufficient power to run all the ship
systems simultaneously and handle inrush currents of large winches.
All ships fans we had individually run previously were run simultaneously
and more brought on line.
crew isolated additional fresh water system leaks. Found some rain
water still leaking into the chief's quarters and the towing winch
room. Both these spaces are targeted for total removal so it is
not an issue to us.
two we max loaded the generator and used only ¼ of the rating!
It ran for 6 hours and burned approximately 12 gallons per hour.
vacuum flush system was energized and urinals, head, and shower
tested with discharge going to the holding tank. Everything works
perfectly, just more appliances and runs to be checked out. We will
need a big group of plumbers and spares to commission the total
system, but major sections will be removed anyway in the overhaul.
received a donation of floor vinyl floor tiles to repair some of
FULL WEEK 10 TO 14
This is a very special month. One of our key financial support teams,
Gayle Williamson & Dan Collins, will make their first visit
to the ship on Monday with Joan Koether. Additionally, GE will send
one rep to review the lighting systems and help us get the strategy
set for the overhaul. We have also invited several key officers
of financial institutions who are engaged in putting together our
financing package. We are waiting to learn of their availability.
It’s time for you East Coasters, Mid West Flatlanders, and
Alaskans to get with it and bear a hand! You have a full week with
plenty of lead time to get cheap airline tickets! No more excuses
the crew needs your help!
Ben Koether: January 10, 11,12,13,14
Joan Koether: January 10,11,12,13,14
Gayle Williamson: January 10
Dan Collins: January 10
Jim Echoff: January 11, 12
Greg Walker: January 10,11,12,13,14
Jack Erhard: January 10,11,12,13,14
Jim Foote: January 10,11,12,13,14
Jo Ann Foote: January 10,11,12,13,14
Don Pomplun: January 11,12
Ed Ciminello GE Lighting: definitely coming, day not certain yet
don't forget . . . JANUARY 10 through 14: Jack Erhard and I will
be aboard ship all week. Come join the party! IF YOU CAN NOT BE
THERE IN PERSON, PLEASE DONATE.
RESTORATION LOG #40 - 07 December
- Good News! The 350KW Generator is installed in the hanger
deck and ready to light off! See photos
by Jim Echoff.
- The next work period is for two days DEC 14 and 15.
We will connect the fuel line and power up the 350KW. Jim Echoff
will advise on other tasks.
- January 10 to 14 will be a big full week so let's hustle
and get out there from the East Coast and Mid West! We have scheduled
this week to make it economical for those with a great distance
to travel. As usual Jim Echoff will host the party at the close
of each work day! There will be lots of additional clean
up and detailed trouble shooting to bring on extended fresh water
services, commissions the heads, and energize other auxiliary
- Financing for our venture creeps steadily towards completion.
Lots of hands hard at work believe me! This daunting process will
see big movement in January.
old Arctic Survey Boat is now under complete restoration at Brewers
Yacht Yard in Westbrook, CT. Thanks to the leadership of Dometic
Corporation and Rhodes Communications a number of equipment vendors
are supplying the parts. The boat should be ready to sail to all
the East Coast Boat Shows next year manned by Sea Scouts and Boy
Scouts committed to earn their USCG Operators License. We have
a special need for funds for this project and we will need licensed
skippers and youth leaders. Now is the time to throw in your name.
Remember, you must have a Boat Operators License and be ready
to travel with 4 or 5 youth for a minimum two week period. If
you can go for a month so much the better!
- Do not forget . . . JANUARY 10 to 14 Jack Erhard and
I will be aboard ship all week. Come join the party! IF YOU CAN
NOT BE THERE IN PERSON, PLEASE DONATE.
LOG #39 - 03 October 2004
thought you all should share in our "Volunteers Bulletin" to gather
the flavor of what is happening aboard ship in near "real time".
Here is what our men were about on board Glacier recently.
Echoff, Don Pomplun, Butch Wallace, John Ward, Bill Jones, and Bob
Nordhausen spent several days recommissioning the fresh water system
and the fire mains. Sounds simple? Well that is in concept only.
First they were working with only a small generator and they kept
creating a brown-out, or tripping the main breaker because there
was too much load. Well in the end they by-passed open valves, cracked
pipe due to freezing. At one time 8 shower heads were blasting away!
To prove out the fire mains we charged them with air rather than
water. These pipes are too big to find a major leak with water!
They were successful and it appears the total fire system is intact
except where it was breached by the decommissioning and equipment
removal. All fire hose stations were checked and water and air moved
we need a team of plumbers and lots of spare parts in order to be
able to establish habitability.
inspection of the sewage system reveals it appears to be in working
order. When the big generator is installed we will have enough power
to light off this are and fully test it and pump out the holding
tanks when we get to the pier, there seems to be some fluid remaining
our team will be energizing the fuel separators and reaching down
to use the diesel fuel on board ship.
and in Washington, DC Steve Johnson and I continue to work with
our architects, financial resources, insurance, and maritime legal
staff to prepare Glacier for shipyard.
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R) announced her support for The Glacier
Society's efforts to restore and redeploy the historic icebreaker
USS/USCGC Glacier as a health care delivery ship to serve Native
Alaskans in the state's most remote areas. Click
here for the full story.
NEXT WORK WEEK IS OCTOBER 19 and 20. Peterson Power Systems will
deliver the 350 Kw generator. JOIN THE TEAM THEY NEED YOUR
HELP! IF YOU CAN NOT BE THERE IN PERSON PLEASE DONATE
AND SEND CASH TO HELP THEM PURCHASE PARTS.
LOG #38 - 16 September 2004
You may have wondered what happened to us this summer. We have
been silent since mid June, but not resting! Getting two ruptured
discs in my neck repaired maybe, but not resting! In any event,
recuperation is far along and the doctor tells me he has added
half an inch to my height...an unexpected benefit to solving
a problem that had become a real pain in the neck.
now that we are back in the saddle, here is our current status!
continues aboard ship preparing to move to San Francisco?s Pier
80. Anna Falche says progress is being made but we still do
not have a fixed date pending her negotiations with the City
of San Francisco. Meanwhile Peterson Power Systems
is completing the conversion of our 350 KW CAT generator from
water cooled to air cooled, and it will be returned to the ship
soon. We will then have reliable power far in excess of the
shipboard crew is focusing on the usual items plus beginning
major work on the main propulsion motors and the steering gear.
We have a sample from the ships fresh water tanks and that report
will be available soon to advise us if we can drink the water
aboard ship as well as use it for washing. We are focusing on
bring the after berthing spaces on line for use alongside the
political activity in Alaska and Washington has continued non-stop
virtually since February. Steve and I have been back to Alaska
at the end of June and are in the Capital nearly weekly. Congress
is showing increasing levels of support, which is so necessary
to lead our effort in assembling the money and manpower needed
to complete our project. A few of our key Congressional
backers are: Senator Lieberman, Senator Murkowski, Senator Stevens,
and Speaker Hastert as well as Congressmen Christopher Shays
and Rob Simmons. Alaskans include Governor Murkowski, former
Governor Sheffield and the Mayor of Anchorage Mark Begich.
completed our Ship Design Specifications and sent them to numerous
marine architects and shipyards. We included a CD with the General
Ship Plans converted to AutoCAD. AutoCAD has been very supportive
donating three sets of software for our volunteers. We have
two sets in Stratford and one at our Ft. Lauderdale office.
Volunteers are needed at both locations.
week we began design reviews with the architects. Two more are
scheduled for next week and we expect at least three more firms
to make proposals. We are soliciting written proposals for presentation
to our Board and to our Funding Team. It will begin with a ROM
(rough order of magnitude) budget, and continue through working
drawings, shipyard supervision, and sea trails and acceptance.
The first package will be offered to us before the end of September,
with the others following in October. We will narrow the vendors
list down to two for detailed discussions with our management
team before the final selection and financing package is completed.
you for your continued support! Please consider making a contribution
today! We are in the home stretch and could use your support today!!
LOG #37 - 16 June 2004
Echoff and Ray Bunten continue to lead the work parties aboard ship
which included me, Christian Koether, Timothy Ho, Bob Nordhausen,
Werner Pels, George Wallace, Don Pomplun, Frank Wright, John Ward
and Julie Tallino of the Benicia Herald during the recent months.
July will be the next work period, check the web site for details.
moved the rewound transformers to a position just above B3 in preparation
for their installation and mounted a floodlight on the forward 01
level to light the deck for handling lines at night. We obtained
a sample from the JP5 tank for analysis. There are about 350 gallons
in the tank. Christian vacuumed the main motor compartments. The
filter screens will have to be cleaned with solvent or steam as
the dirt and carbon dust contain oil residue. The loose flaking
paint is not on the motor windings. It seems to have come from moisture
on the underside of the main motor shaft and is limited to a small
area. The motor is in good condition, we are slowly warming it with
the compartment heater.
starboard amidships davit remains frozen, no luck freeing it! Cleaned
stores compartment on first platform forward of the mess decks.
Cleaned, painted and prepared for installation a 4 1/2 in. vise
in the electric shop. Continued repairs to lighting fixtures. Lights
are now on in all passageways and portable lighting cords have been
removed. Inspected the anti roll tank, heavy petroleum odors ventilated
before entering. Found heavy corrosion on all surfaces. It appears
the tank was operated with salt water rather than the recommended
fresh water plus rust inhibitor. Weather deck manhole cover reinstalled
and tank is secure.
major project will be to bring the 350Kw Gen Set on line in preparation
for moving to the pier.
here for photos from the Glacier April work week .
completed a tour of the ship African Mercy, which is under renovation
in New Castle England. Click here
for photos. This ship was originally a Danish Railroad/passenger
Ferry. It is well on its way to becoming the third operating vessel
of Mercy Ships International. Go to www.mercyships.org.
and look down for the link to African Mercy. We were impressed with
the conversion accomplishments and encouraged since they parallel
many of the ones we plan to make aboard Glacier. We came away convinced
we are on the right track with an excellent mission. Thank you,
Jim Paterson, VP Marine Operations and crew for the hospitality.
then traveled to Bremerhaven, Germany to visit the Icebreaker Polarstern.
to see more details about this research program. Our purpose was
to see the equipment installations and review the ship operating
methods in a pure education/research environment. We met many key
members of the crew as well as representatives of the German Education
Department and Alfred Wegner Institute. Our ship board attention
was focused on the “A” Frame, the wire handling techniques, the
bridge installations, and crew and laboratory facilities. Click
here for photos. Rochem GmbH, a ship vendor, sent Dr. Gunnar
Hansen to show us the advanced waste treatment facilities aboard
ship. Subsequently we traveled to Hamburg to tour the factory and
inspect new systems being prepared for shipment.
tour of the Polarstern and Africa Mercy strengthen our conviction
that the medical, science, and education mission for the Arctic
is not only correct but very timely and in great need.
proceeded to Washington, DC where we held meetings with our Maritime
Council Stuart Dye Esq. of Holland & Knight. Stuart is handling
our mortgaging and licensing of the ship.
had a significant private meeting with Senator Lieberman where we
presented him with a plaque in recognition of his efforts on our
behalf and reviewed the status of the Glacier Society and the ship.
The Senator remains steadfast in his support for deploying the Glacier
for Medical Care in the Arctic.
last meeting of our month long tour was with Dr. Muller and Dr.
Markus Klimmer of the McKinsey & Co. who are assisting us with
our business plans. We have completed an Executive Summary Business
Plan with extensive documentation submitted by dozens of vendors
detailing the equipment changes to the ship. We continue to work
with our supporters to complete financing arrangements and move
the ship to the pier. We are convinced that we will have substantial
funding in place by January 2005.
you for your continued support! Please consider making a contribution
today! We are in the home stretch and could use your support today!!
LOG #36 - 21 May 2004
The Glacier Society will remain headquartered here in Connecticut.
The two boats, the MV GLACIER and the ICEBUCKET will remain CT based
property, but both vessels will be underway as much as possible
to complete our Humanitarian Mission. Progress continues, here is
conversion of the Ship's General Plans to AutoCAD has been accomplished
and those vendors who need prints can obtain them electronically
or in printed document form. We have a wire frame and 3D model
and are working in "Inventor" to speed the redesign
effort. The drawings of ICEBUCKET are being converted as well.
have completed two work periods on the ship to maintain the
momentum on preparing the ship for movement to the pier. San
Francisco has finally appointed a new Port Director and our
San Francisco Team is continuing in their efforts to bring us
to Pier 80.
Bruce Becker, MD of Brown University Emergency Medicine has
crafted our "business" plan for the medical operations
aboard Glacier. This document has been circulated for peer review
at Yale University and the University of Alaska as well as the
Institute of Circumpolar Health. Suffice to say that we have
a good mission, a good plan and are well on the way to creating
a detailed design and specification for the conversion of the
ship. Enthusiasm in Alaska and other circumpolar nations is
growing and bringing us increased support for our mission.
National Science Foundation and the US Antarctic Resource Center
have located an original film narrated by Dr. Robert Cushman
Murphy detailing the Bellingshausen Sea Expedition. This will
be converted to a digital format and added to the growing collection
for our museum here in CT and aboard ship.
week we are off to the United Kingdom to tour the new ship "African
Mercy" which is under construction in New Castle. This
ship conversion is a model for us to study for our "hospital"
conversion. We travel next to Bremerhaven to observe the Icebreaker
Polarstern entering dry dock for her annual inspection. This
will allow us to review our intended conversions for the scientific
package. We will be meeting with a number of potential vendors
Johnson and I will then travel to Alaska for a series of meetings
with our constituents ands supporters in Alaska.
We need a volunteer designer who can help us with our AutoCAD
design work. We would like someone who can visit the HQ here
in CT or our branch office in Ft. Lauderdale for face to face
discussions. However, with the internet and video conferencing
we can do virtual office work as well. This is an immediate
always, we need donations so please donate
if you can.
LOG #35 - 5 March 2004
Time to look back, reflect, and assess our position. It is six
years since the day the retired Glacier crew called and said,
we’ve got to “SAVE THE GLACIER”.
At the first telephone meeting in the fall of 1996, there were
three men and a vision shared. Real progress began in January
1997 when we confirmed plans to inspect the ship on June 16,
17 and 18, 1997. The commitment to the crew was, “If the
inspection shows her capable, we’ll launch the effort
to save the ship.” I returned home and said to my wife,
“The ship is in fine shape. It’s a slam –
The next three years were consumed with the legislative effort
of gaining title to the ship and finding its drawings and engineering
files. We then shifted into full speed with restoration, building
a member database, setting up a legal 501c3 foundation, raising
funds, and unraveling lots of legal and marine engineering issues.
You all know the incredible progress we’ve made aboard
ship. It is documented on the web site.
Today we have about 7,500 persons in the database. It takes
considerable effort to keep track of those folks who are moving
about all the time. We need to recruit more members and increase
the level of cash contributions. We have moved past the time
of volunteers being able to keep this ship restoration program
alive. We are entering in to the phase where professional engineering
firms and shipyards are going to lead the restoration design
and rebuilding. That is now our number one focus. We are making
considerable headway. Glacier is about to come alive and move
to Anchorage, Alaska for her new homeport. When you think about
it, this is where she belongs, close to the ice and those who
need her capabilities. Oh, what about Connecticut, the State
whose Congressional delegation wrenched Glacier from the scrap
yard? Well, over a hundred years ago, our Mystic whalers sent
their ships and men to Alaska, where many remained and married
into the local population. So returning Glacier is a perfect
way to rebuild that bond of friendship. And Glacier is named
after Glacier Bay, Alaska. Upon our departure from Anchorage
just two weeks ago, we made the commitment they asked for. Alaska
here we come!
We are concluding arrangements to begin redrawing Glacier in
AutoCAD. This is the first step to completing the redesign and
preparing the shipyard bid package.
is our Alaska Trip report. Pictures of the Alaska trip are now
on the web.
not normally plan to visit Alaska in the dead of winter but
we had been advised on good authority that there is no better
way to establish one’s bona fides so Steve and I departed
February 15th for the nation’s biggest state.
in Anchorage is a visual experience unequalled anywhere in the
lower 48…extraordinary snow covered terrain on one side,
the Cook Inlet on the other. Anchorage was “bracing”
but not quite as cold as one would expect. It was a perfect
setting in which to visit a significant number of Alaska’s
leading citizens: representatives from Exxon\Mobil, BP and Alyeska
Pipeline Service Company, Admiral Byrd’s dogsled driver
Norman Vaughan, the crew at the University of Alaska Anchorage’s
Institute for Circumpolar Studies, the University’s President
Mark Hamilton, former Governor Walter Hickel’s office
as well as former Governor Bill Sheffield, now director of the
Port of Anchorage.
hours crisscrossing the city for appointments, we were joined
by Dr. Gary Brass, Executive Director of the US Arctic Research
Commission, and departed north to Barrow, northern most town
in the USA.
over 60 days of darkness and over 80 days of continuous sunlight
per year. Our arrival on the Alaska Airlines flight at 9:30
a.m. was in the faintest of dawn light (as well as –17
degrees) but by 11 a.m. the sun had come up and it was a glorious
bright day. Barrow visits included the town’s hospital,
the Barrow Arctic Science Consortium, the Alaska Eskimo Whaling
Commission and North Slope Borough Mayor George Ahmaogak.
in Alaska was high for the prospect of porting the ship at Anchorage
and being a means of focusing attention on the state and on
the importance of the Arctic. These Alaskan leaders are now
helping us get the attention and, eventually, the support of
the Alaska Delegation and of Congress as a whole.
always, we need donations so please donate
if you can.
LOG #34 - 8 February 2004
team members will be in Anchorage and Barrow, Alaska the week
of February 16 meeting with state leaders and representatives
of the Alaskan Native American community to develop support
for Glacier's medical, global climate change and educational
The preparations for movement to the pier continue although
somewhat slower than we had hoped. However, the most important
task at hand now is to line up major funding for the project.
Your Finance Team is hard at work traveling from the United
Kingdom to Washington, DC to Alaska. Our high level support
is growing. You will see that when the Operations report for
last year is published.
The Navy's David Taylor Model Basin has located the records
pertaining to the design of the hull and propellers. This will
be used to interpret our new mission and improve our screw design
and power plant to hopefully yield lower running costs. Captain
Hatch is leading this effort.
We presented a recognition award to Captain William G. Schubert,
the Maritime administrator at his office in January. Visit:
After many delays Glacier Society now is running its own dedicated
physical secure server, not a rented or shared facility. Our
membership database is therefore now available to a committed
remote staff via a VPN. We will attempt to add additional services,
such as our project management and volunteer work schedules
and VOIP telephone services for remote workers.
Glacier Society is establishing an office in FT. Lauderdale,
FL for the specific purpose of broadening our membership and
more importantly focusing upon the center of our cruise ship
industry. The Port of Ft. Lauderdale is the largest passenger
port for the USA, processing 50,000 visitors over the Christmas/New
Year Holiday weekend. The industry leadership is here in South
Florida. We are seeking participation and support from within
the Industry to help us operate Glacier efficiently.
A special thank you to Mike Devine for his ongoing work and
dedication to the Glacier Society's PowerPoint presentations!
As always, we need donations so please donate
if you can.
LOG #33 - 7 January 2004
The new Mayor has just taken his office in San Francisco this
week. In order to accommodate the smooth transition to a new
Port Commissioner, who will not be appointed until later this
month, we have decided to shift our planned move date into March.
This will allow us to assimilate the new personnel into the process
and still leave time for our crew to purchase tickets for travel
in advance. As soon as we have the new players lined up and a
date agreed upon with our tugs and pilots we will give you the
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