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Remembering Life Aboard Coast Guard Icebreakers

| May 10, 2012
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The retired Coast Guard icebreaker Glacier prepares for its final voyage. (Craig Miller/Climate Watch)

On Monday Climate Watch Senior Editor Craig Miller wrote about a Coast Guard icebreaker ship, the Glacier, that’s headed to the scrapyard

Glaciers are slipping away everywhere. It was tough to see this one go.

I’m talking about a ship, not an actual river of ice. This morning I watched the retired Coast Guard icebreaker Glacier cast off on what is likely to be its final voyage, from a Vallejo dry dock to a scrapyard in Brownsville, Texas. It seemed like a poignant moment, given the decline of the U.S. icebreaker fleet. Just as Arctic seas are opening up to unprecedented shipping activity, the Coast Guard is left with just one icebreaker in working order. Icebreakers are important research platforms and could play a vital role in responding to oil spills from offshore drilling in far northern waters. Full post

Since that post went up, about a dozen former crew members of the Glacier and other icebreakers have managed to find it and post comments reminiscing about their duty. Take a look in this Storify

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  • Richardsellers

    I was on the Southwind Arctic East 71 Arctic East 72 and Deep Freeze 72. Great Ship,she’s history now. Had good and bad times. Richard Sellers