Glacier Society Operations Log 76 August 1, 2013
|The Glacier Team is hard at work preserving the artifacts, mementos, photos, diaries and other items Crew members and families have sent us. We could not save the ship; she is now completely melted down. But we can save the memories and treasures provided by the crews. The Glacier lived from 1955 to 2013.In a very few days we will launch a new web site, install a new mailing list service, engage the latest social medial web tools, and begin a cruise of the ARCTIC SCOUT down the East Coast, visiting Navy and USCG Stations along the way.The new Glacier Society Mission is to deploy the two boats from the GLACIER, plus the EXPLORER, and with these boats encourage today’s youth and young adults to adventure with the Glacier Society. Our boats will explore the Atlantic Coast line from New England to Florida, the Bahamas, Key West and the Tortugas. Crew members will include original GLACIER men, Sea Cadets, Boy Scouts, various youth and interested members of the public.The ARCTIC SCOUT will depart CT mid AUGUST on a trip to commemorate the spirit of the GLACIER and to thank all those who helped in the restoration of the GLACIER’S Arctic Survey Boat, now called the Arctic Scout.
I first sailed the ASB, (ARCTIC SCOUT) in the Bellingshausen Sea in 1960. We used the 40 FT boat to venture ahead of the GLACIER in uncharted waters. On the most memorable trip we uncovered a reef directly ahead of the GLACIER’s track! That reef was totally covered by icebergs, and is now charted and known as Porters Pinnacles. I look forward to sharing the helm with Jack Erhard, and others beginning AUG 16th.
Wikipedia: Porters Pinnacles(71°33′S 99°9′WCoordinates: 71°33′S 99°9′W) is a group of low ice-covered rocks forming a menace to navigation along the north coast of Thurston Island, located about 4 nautical miles (7 km) north of the east extremity of Glacier Bight. Discovered by the U.S. Navy Bellingshausen Sea Expedition in February 1960, and named for Commander Philip W. Porter, Jr., U.S. Navy, commander of the icebreaker USS Glacier which made this discovery.
We thank you for your past support and ask that you pass this good news around and help us fund the continued deployments. Despite writing off a 4 million dollar investment in the USS/USCGC GLACIER when she was scrapped, the Sociey still finisned 2012, and continues today, with a cash positive income statement due to the support of our team.We will publish a schedule, updating as we go. Call 203-380-3444 if you wish to join us on the trip or meet us.
Bernard G. Koether, II