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Polar Sea (U.S.C.G.C.)

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Registry #1 USCG WAGB.11 Registry #2 Registry #3
Name 1 1975 Polar Sea (U.S.C.G.C.) Name 5
Name 2 Name 6
Name 3 Name 7
Name 4 Name 8
Year Built 1975 Place Seattle Area WA Country USA
Designer (nk) Measurement (imp) 399.0' x 83.5' x 31'
Builder Lockheed Shipbuilding & Construction Company Measurement (metric) 122m x 25.45m x 9.4m
Hull Steel Displacement
Gross Tonnage 11037 Type 1 Icebreaker
Registered Tonnage Type 2
Engine Six Alco 16V-251F diesel engines (6 × 3,000 hp) Engine Manufacture Alco
Repower Propulsion 3 Screws
Rebuilds Call Sign
Pendant  # WAGB.11 Masters Captain John T. Howell (USCG) (1985); Captain Joseph J. McCleland (USCG) (1990);
In 1975-2010 she was owned by the United States Coast Guard.
Fate Registry closed Date
Named Features
Significance of Name
She was designed to break 6.5' of sea ice at 3 knots. In 1975 she was stationed at Seattle WA USA. Her skipper, Captain John T. Howell, in 1985, made an East to West Transit of the Northwest Passage. In 1990 she completed a westward passage of the Northwest Passage under Captain Joseph J. McCleland accompanied by CCGS Pierre Radisson. . On 22 August 1994, Polar Sea was one of the first two North American surface vessels to reach the North Pole; she sailed together with CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent.
MacFarlane, J.M. (1992) Northwest Passage Challengers. In Resolution. Spring Issue. Maritime Museum of British Columbia;;
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