Arctic Scout is a former U.S. Coast Guard Arctic survey boat (ASB) “Ice Bucket” of a U.S. Navy design adapted by the U.S. Coast Guard and built at their Curtis Bay Yard in Maryland. ASBs are carried aboard icebreakers to provide a stable platform to conduct cold climate scientific surveys, take depth soundings ahead of the ship, assist in rescue operations, ferry personnel from ship to shore, and serve as a lifeboat.
The U.S. Coast Guard launched Arctic Scout as ASB 39020 in 1965 at Bellingham, Washington. She is constructed of a single skin fiberglass hull with a reinforced bow for minor icebreaking and a reinforced belt around the waterline for protection against ice fields. The hull contains a collision bulkhead, watertight lazarette, and watertight deck hatches. The propeller is protected by a skeg and keel. The keel is lead ballasted for self-righting capability. Propulsion is provided by a single Diesel engine and AC electrical power by a Diesel generator. Arctic Scout has a length of 39 feet, beam of 11 feet, 3 inches, draft of 4 feet, and displacement of 12 tons. Her normal Coast
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Arctic Gayle, the smallest boat in the Glacier Society’s fleet is currently berthed in Fort Lauderdale and is used by area Sea Cadets for training exercises
Guard crew size was six.
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