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  • United States sending in the Polar Star to rescue Chinese & Australian vessels trapped in the ice. Just read the stats of that big girl, she was built specially for this work in really heavy ice.

    Seen Videos of her and its something to see her back up, get a run and put about a third of the ship up on the ice and crush it with her weight. She also is great breaking loose channels as she has a cross ship high pressure pumping system that will rock her back and forth very quickly.

    Pardon my "Shallow Water Pride Showing".

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  • Hope we are also sending them the bill. 8)
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  • I heard the ice breaker is from Seattle
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  • -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.

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  • I watched a History or Science Channel tidbit on that ship, raw power comes to mind.
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  • My old man was the chief warrant officer on the Polar Sea. I think he made 4 trips. The Polar Sea is out of commission right now but there is the possibility of bringing in back into service. When he was younger, he went to search for survivors of the "Edmund Fitzgerald" but only found a life raft and a couple of crates floating in Lake Superior.
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  • I didn't know we had any ice breakers still afloat. I'm glad we have resources to help those that are stranded.
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  • The life underway is great, but it is away. I loved all my time underway, 13 ships, including USCGC Boutwell, but it is hard to be gone. Polar Star and Polar Sea were even built in Seattle.
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  • ChiefHawk wrote:The life underway is great, but it is away. I loved all my time underway, 13 ships, including USCGC Boutwell, but it is hard to be gone. Polar Star and Polar Sea were even built in Seattle.



    I've tried to explain this "away" feeling to others but fail miserably. When you leave that dock you have entered another life and you port life is far away. I'm sure its easier now a days with our instant communications but still your on board life is like being within your own seperate universe.

    I'm very sorry the Coast Guard has been forced to become "water cops". Glad that happened after I got out, I would have hated it.

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  • The Radish wrote:
    -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.

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    That's really cool man. I wouldn't be able to do it (irrational fear of open water) but I respect and appreciate those who do. And that is funny they're calling on us to save their tails out there.
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  • The Radish wrote:
    ChiefHawk wrote:The life underway is great, but it is away. I loved all my time underway, 13 ships, including USCGC Boutwell, but it is hard to be gone. Polar Star and Polar Sea were even built in Seattle.



    I've tried to explain this "away" feeling to others but fail miserably. When you leave that dock you have entered another life and you port life is far away. I'm sure its easier now a days with our instant communications but still your on board life is like being within your own seperate universe.

    I'm very sorry the Coast Guard has been forced to become "water cops". Glad that happened after I got out, I would have hated it.

    :les:


    When I first went to sea there was only MARS ("How are you honey, over.") or the telephone exchange at the end of the pier, both of which had huge lines.

    I really would lose it later when somebody would be all butt-hurt because someone hadn't downloaded email for FOUR WHOLE HOURS... "like, OMG"!

    But away was quite cut off. I would come back and ask who people were that were being talked about in the news.


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  • Why are we helping the Chinese and Russians? They have been both indirectly and directly responsible for American deaths in both Korea and Vietnam.
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  • Always Fierce wrote:Why are we helping the Chinese and Russians? They have been both indirectly and directly responsible for American deaths in both Korea and Vietnam.

    Same reason we would help the Germans and the Japanese. :34853_doh:
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  • 6ft of Ice at 3 Knots, or 21 feet of ice by "backing up and ramming". Amerrrica!

    If that ship gets stuck just send in Marshawn Lynch. Lynch can break up 100 ft of ice just bye looking at it.
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  • Always Fierce wrote:Why are we helping the Chinese and Russians? They have been both indirectly and directly responsible for American deaths in both Korea and Vietnam.



    Oh please,,,did you think that milk box was for you to preach on.

    And lets stop helping those bastards in England, a lot of our boys died because of them.
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  • The Radish wrote:And lets stop helping those bastards in England, a lot of our boys died because of them.


    That's something I can subscribe to. Let them rott on their darn island ! :mrgreen: Just kidding, where would we be, if we're not working together ? Put minor differences (and clichés) aside and "go team !". ;) :les:
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