-The Glove- wrote:I heard the ice breaker is from Seattle
Yes the Polar Star is indeed home ported in Seattle. She is the show piece of the Coast Guard. Sadly I believe she is the only one currently in use.
When I was getting out of the Coast Guard they wanted me to stay but the only duty they offered me was on the Ice Breaker Northwind which years later was replaced with the Polar Star. The duty is 90 days in Seattle, 6 months north. 90 Days in Seattle 6 months south. That didn't appeal to the guy that was just getting ready to get married. That was more than 50 years ago and I'm not sure now many ships have taken her place before the Star.
At one time there were 4 "Wind" class Ice Breakers. The Northwind had been handed off to the Russians and then when they decided to be rid of it the US took her back and completely rebuilt her. When they were trying to get me ship over they gave me a tour escorted by my sisters neighbor a career man stationed on board. I spent a weekend on board but it just didn't fit my picture of a married man.
Again please forgive me my shallow water sailor pride. Tho it didn't fit with my planned future I'm damned proud of the job the Coast Guard does and thinks it pretty funny that 3 countrys have to beg us to send our finest to rescue them in an area they shouldn't have been in with the equipment they had.
SeaSailor will know exactly how I feel.