Memorial Day 2018

Help Available to Veterans Purchasing a Home

The Realty Medics

Even with their patriotic and courageous service, there seems to be an information gap about the support and resources that are available to veterans when they’re attempting to purchase their own home. Active duty military personnel may not be able to find a home for their family if they think they don’t have enough money to afford one.

Both veterans and active service members are searching for options on what possible financing resources they can use to purchase their home and that’s something that needs to be fixed. The Realty Medics specialize as Orlando property managers, but no matter what the need is, we’re always happy to help our veterans in any way that we can.

Home Buying Resources for Veterans: Click HERE

Florida Laser Masters Championship Regatta – Palm Beach Sailing Club


Here are some pictures taken recently of the Arctic Scout serving as Committee Boat for Sail Boat Racing.

For the past two weeks, the Arctic Scout and Glacier Volunteers have been providing services to sailors assembled from as far away as Lymington, UK to compete in championship racing.

Just think, 57 years ago the USS GlACIER AGB4 and the USS Staten Island AGB-5 were deep in the Bellinghausen Sea off of the designated “Thurston Peninsula”. The Arctic Scout, then called the Greenland Cruiser, lay in her mooring on the Starboard Quarter.

As we approached the coast soon to become recognized as Thurston Island, we launched the Scout to scout ahead and protect the two large ice breakers which were sailing into uncharted waters.

The ice was heavy,  8/10 tenths to 9/10 tenths coverage.   Sometimes we became trapped in 100% covered ice and the ships moored along side each other and waited for improvement. On FEB 6 to 14, we experienced heavy wind up to 75 Kts, heavy snow and of course COLD-COLD-COLD.

So here you see the US NAVY BOAT now our prized ARCTIC SCOUT, bobbing nicely on her anchor in the South Atlantic Ocean off Palm Beach!!

Thanks to thousands of our supporters we are able to keep “cruising as before, all engines on line, ships generators running, all hands accounted for”


BG Koether

Navigator in 1961 and still on watch in 2018.

You are all welcome to join with us, contribute to the Glacier Society, and come to Florida for a cruise!!


Celebrate My Birthday With Me!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

My Deepest Condolences to a Good Friend

John Barell, a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy for five years, passed away at his home in Manhattan, NY on November 17, 2017.

John was born on July 9, 1938, in Rochester, NY to Ralph and Elizabeth Ferguson Barell. In 1956, John graduated from Wellesley High School in Wellesley, MA. He continued his education at Harvard University and in 1960, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in History.

By becoming a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, John fulfilled his childhood dream of going to Antarctica and emulating explorer Admiral Richard E. Byrd, whom John had met in high school.  John served aboard the USS Glacier for 5 years where he enjoyed a highly accomplished career.  In his spare time, John wrote several books on Antarctica and professional discovery books such as “Did You Ever Wonder?” and “Fostering Curiosity Here.” A link to John’s books can be found here.

John is survived by his wife, Nancy; his sisters, Marcia Graff of Basking Ridge, NJ and Robin L. Beck (Tim) of Boothbay, ME; six nieces and nephews, his Aunt and several cousins.

John Barell was a brave and loyal sailor, as well as a patient and loving husband and friend. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the U.S. Navy never left him, as friends and family will attest. John will be deeply missed by his family and his Navy family.

Rest in peace, good friend.

Warm Regards,
Ben Koether




Ahoy, Sailors!

In honor of #GivingTuesday, I am raising money for The Glacier Society, Inc., a 501(C)3 organization whose mission is to preserve and promote the heritage of the United States Maritime Exploration of the Polar Regions by serving as an educational resource and training and educating our youth, not only on important polar issues but on seamanship as well. Our motto, “Uniting Polar interests across the Globe”, is more relevant and important today than it has ever been.

Click here to help us make a difference.

Every little bit helps.

To learn more about The Glacier Society visit our website at

We thank you for all of your support!

Ben Koether

Veteran’s Day

veterans day pic

We at the Glacier Society honor and thank all those who have served in the United States Military. We would like to thank the brave men and women that have decided to step up and accept the challenge of defending our freedom here in the United States and around the world.

Let’s all take the time to remember those that have sacrificed not being with their families, and missing holidays with loved ones to serve and protect us. Please respect and, thank our veterans on this day honoring their service. Remember, these courageous men and women risked their lives defending our nation, and deserve nothing but respect and honor.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” -JFK

Happy 227th Birthday to the USCG

USCG Birthday

August 4th marked the 227th anniversary of the creation of the US Coast Guard. Happy Belated Birthday, USCG! In honor of 227 years, click here for a glimpse at some of the amazing images taken of our brave men and women from the USCG.

A Few Words for a Friend who will be Missed

Commander Matthew James Winton (USN, Ret.), 96, of Jamestown, Rhode Island died at Newport Hospital surrounded by his family. He resided in Jamestown for 47 years and was predeceased by his wife of 63 years Clarice (Cook) Winton in 2011. Matthew was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, the son of Matthew and Alice (Johnson) Winton. He graduated from Chelsea High School, Northeastern University, Rhode Island College and earned his naval commission at Notre Dame University. Commander Winton devotedly served his country in WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Matt was the recipient of many awards and medals during his 27 years of military service. Being on board the USS Glacier, he was a loyal friend and crewmember. Not only was he a devoted friend, but he was a great family man, filled with stories from his travels and adventures. It was a pleasure to know Matthew and he will be greatly missed by all who were lucky to know him. Click here to read the full obituary.

Ben Drinking on Glacier





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