LOG #52 - 25 September 2008
ARCTIC SCOUT is now berthed at Captain’s
Cove in Bridgeport, CT.
SCOUT arrived in Bridgeport earlier this week and
experienced three of the most beautiful New England days in recent
memory. We toured New Haven, The Thimbles, Branford, Black Rock
and the back waters of Bridgeport Harbor with guests and trainees
are seeking additional volunteers to pilot and train the cadets
this October and into November as the good weather permits. If you
have a Connecticut State boat operator’s license or a USCG
license, or equivalent, you may be authorized to pilot the vessel.
Of course you must become familiar with all of the vessel's systems
and pay the costs for the operating time.
of our Cadets have expressed interest in sailing to meet the Intrepid
when she returns to New York Harbor. That will require financial
support and adult leadership to plan and coordinate the activity.
Volunteers are welcome. Meanwhile, the professional crew is shaking
down the boat and working out some of the “kinks”. We
should have some photos up on the website next week.
are seeking a winter berth. Seems there has been some confusion
about the berth we were promised; so, that is now our priority as
well as soliciting funds to keep our Cadets sailing.
the GLACIER. Bad News! There is an environmental
legal mess in California that is preventing our return to MARAD
to work on GLACIER. We are continuing to communicate
with various Admiral-level officers in Washington, DC. Bridgeport
still wants GLACIER as a museum ship. We have supporters
that wish to see GLACIER sailing again.
Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Act is attached
for your reading. (We can not edit out the portion on the icebreaker
Polar Star; you will have to read the entire Senate press release.)
It would seem logical that we could reach out to Senator Byrd and
get support for the resurrection of Admiral Byrd’s ship to
support our Nation’s needs as specified in the press release.
They mirror what the Glacier Society has been saying for many years.
you for your support!
LOG #51 - 14 March 2008
dream of developing a new “Center of Marine Activity”
in Bridgeport, CT is moving forward. Developer Jimmy Bebon has volunteered
to assist our Team in adding new membership from the community to
support the Bridgeport Harbor Crusade. The GLACIER Society is also
soliciting the participation of the Bridgeport Regional Business
Council for support and guidance in this important endeavor.
read an article in the Connecticut Post that fully explains
the background of the property and the opportunity we have to create
a Center of Marine Activity for Bridgeport.
investment group hopes to purchase the 26 acres of land, with 1,000
feet of waterside currently owned by the Coastline Terminals of
Connecticut. When successful, the plan is for GLACIER Society to
rent one of the berths and adjacent space for a museum building
and parking lot. In a strong show of support, Mr. Bebon has agreed
to become a member of the GLACIER Society Advisory Board. We envision
a new ferry terminal will also be built near the GLACIER and the
museum. The entire parcel will be divided to provide a unified community
and tourist site with easy access from I-95.
waterfront played a significant role in the early days of Bridgeport,
and it can again. The group and the GLACIER Society are seeking
volunteer leaders from the business, maritime, historical and educational
communities to assist in creating this new program. Contact the
GLACIER Society at 203-375-6638 or Jimmy Bebon at 203-543-6014 if
you are interested in being part of Bridgeport’s Center of
LOG #50 - 13 January 2008
brought us a great Christmas Present, a new Mayor for Bridgeport,
CT, Mayor Bill Finch. Upon assuming office he issued a letter to
the Society expressing his support for bringing the Glacier to Bridgeport.
MARAD and our Congressional supporters have that letter. Glacier
is safe once again!
week we met with Mayor Finch & his staff. He subsequently named
a designate to sit on the Glacier Society Board of Directors.
met with the City Director of Economic Development and identified
potential berths for the ship. We engaged Joseph Lombardi, one of
the most experienced marine surveyors and experts on historic ship
restoration, to assist in our financial planning, the movement of
the ship, dry-docking, and transit to Bridgeport. Fortunately Joe
was leaving Mystic, CT where he was lecturing and made it to our
Stratford offices Friday afternoon. Joe is a prominent member of
HANSA. Please visit www.HNSA.org.
He has been engaged with many ship projects including the Battleship
Massachusetts, the German submarine U-505 in Chicago captured at
the end of WW-II, and is currently working on the restoration of
the Battleship Missouri in Hawaii. There is no better maritime expert
to assist our venture..
Friday we put together a budget that will serve as the cornerstone
for our new mission: “Restoration of Glacier as a Museum Ship
in Bridgeport Harbor.”
(Jimmy) Bebon, an entrepreneur from the local area and a familiar
face in Bridgeport, has joined the Glacier’s Board and begun
work on recruiting new members composed of community leaders.
White of Ocean Coastal Consultants in Trumbull, CT is doing preliminary
design and budget estimates on berthing.
we need the focused help of all our regular supporters, plus a renewed
energy from citizens of CT. We and Mayor Finch are counting on your
support! Fresh volunteers, grant writers, educators willing to help
create our education program, business leaders to assist in managing
this process, and marketing and advertising volunteers to help with
targeted publicity are welcome! Anyone and everyone is important!
Washington teams of maritime architects, polar explorers, environmental
crusaders, world health experts and a few brilliant politicians
have not given up! Our dedication is steadfast, our mission noble,
and the plans are financially sound. We have been running silent
and deep, focusing our energy among the few and pushing toward our
goal. As always, we need financial support, COLD CASH would do better
than the COLD WEATHER! We were out on Long Island Sound yesterday
with the Arctic Scout training boat operators and some children
the Glacier Society has no paid employees. We are 100% volunteer
and depend upon your donations of material, labor and funds to maintain
our operations. Please include us in your year-end financial planning
and gift giving; our youth groups need your support.
Williams was the first of our core corporate contributors to respond
to the Mayor’s support. They provided all the paint for the
Arctic Scout, and have committed to support the Glacier.
is the time to step up and bear a hand! Thank you all!!
join the party! IF YOU CAN NOT BE THERE IN PERSON, PLEASE
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