West Seattle scene: Welcome home, USCGC Polar Star

March 21, 2014 at 11:21 am | In Seen at sea, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

Thanks to Gary Jones for the photo: Seen from West Seattle, that’s the USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10) entering Elliott Bay this morning after completing its ice-breaking mission in Antarctica. According to its infopage (linked to its name in that last line), it’s “one of the largest ships in the US Coast Guard and one of the world’s most powerful non-nuclear ships.” Here’s the USCG news release detailing what the Polar Star and its 140-person crew have done during their 108-day deployment.

5 Comments

  1. Reckon what USCGC _Healy_ has been up to. She’s the bigger icebreaker…

    Comment by GlennS — 2:36 pm March 21, 2014 #

  2. Hi, Glenn, what do you mean? The link goes to a news release about Polar Star, published in connection with its arrival today – follow the link and see for yourself. Can’t find any recent news about USCGC Healy – most recent deployment listed was last year. – Tracy

    Comment by WSB — 3:07 pm March 21, 2014 #

  3. Healy is bigger, but the Polars are more powerful and can break through thicker ice. Bigger is not always ‘better’.

    Comment by thugbee — 3:26 pm March 21, 2014 #

  4. “Home is the sailor, home from the sea…”

    Robert Louis Stevenson

    Comment by sc — 7:54 pm March 21, 2014 #

  5. Healy is currently completing a pierside maintenace availabilty and will deploy sometime within the next few months on its routine science visit to upper Alaska. True, Healy is larger in size but Polar Star and Polar Sea are more powerful and can break through thicker ice. These two Polars are the most powerful in the world. The United Staes cannot afford to scrap the Polar Sea. Let your congressional representatives know that!!

    Comment by L.S. — 10:02 pm March 21, 2014 #

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