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ice ops a history of coast guard ice operations
“IceOps”: A History of Coast Guard Ice Operations

Cutter Alex Haley patrolling in brash ice in Alaska, May 2003

coast guard ice operations a history
Coast Guard Ice Operations: A History
  • Purpose
  • Polar Operations
  • Domestic Ice Operations
  • International Ice Patrol
  • Marine Science

Cutter Northland under sail

Newest Polar icebreaker, USCGC Healy

revenue cutter service in alaska
Revenue Cutter Service in Alaska
  • RCS becomes the law in the Territory
  • “Court Cruise”

Officers of Cutter Thetis

bering sea patrol
Bering Sea Patrol
  • Rush
  • Seal poachers reaction
  • “Get there early to avoid the Rush!”
  • 1908 - Alaskan game laws

USRC Cutter Rush

the greely rescue
The Greely Rescue

Lieutenant A. W. Greely, U. S. Army

capt hell roarin mike healy
Capt. “Hell-Roarin’” Mike Healy
  • 1st African-American officer in any branch of federal service
  • Commander of cutters Corwin and Bear
  • Court-martialed then reinstated
  • Retired as the third-most senior officer in USRCS

Captain Michael A. Healy

reindeer from siberia
Reindeer from Siberia

Healy transferred reindeer from Siberia to feed native Inuit population in Alaska

Bear transporting reindeer to Alaska

1897 trapped whaling ships
1897, Trapped Whaling Ships
  • 1897- ships trapped near Point Barrow, Alaska
  • Appeals to President McKinley
  • November 1897 - Bear sailed northward
  • Party put ashore to drive reindeer to Point Barrow
  • Jarvis, Bertholf and Call

Bertholf, Jarvis, and Call (left to right)

the overland expedition
The Overland Expedition
  • 16 December- began expedition
  • 29 March 1898- arrived at Point Barrow
  • Gold Medal from Congress

Overland Expedition arrives at the stranded whaling ships

rms titanic disaster
RMS Titanic Disaster
  • RMS Titanic
  • 1913- Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention

RMS Titanic strikes an iceberg

international ice patrol
International Ice Patrol
  • Navy could not spare ships for 1913
  • Revenue Cutter Service assumes the duty
  • Seneca and Miami conduct subsequent patrols

USRCS Cutter Seneca

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International Ice Patrol

Titanic Memorial Ceremony

edward h iceberg smith
Edward H. “Iceberg” Smith
  • International Ice Patrol
  • Edward H. Smith
  • Oceanographic unit
  • Woods Hole

Edward “Iceberg” Smith

greenland during world war ii
Greenland during World War II

Danish cryolite mine at Ivigtut, Greenland

greenland patrol during world war ii
Greenland Patrol during World War II
  • Convoy Duty
  • Engaging Enemy U-Boats
  • Search and Rescue

Northland in the ice off of Greenland

the dorchester and escanaba
The Dorchester and Escanaba
  • First Rescue Swimmers
  • Dorchester
  • Escanaba

Cutter Escanaba

U.S. Army Transport Dorchester

operation high jump
Operation High Jump

Icebreaker Northwind during Operation High Jump

cold war ice operations
Cold War Ice Operations
  • Breaking ice
  • DEW line

Ice Breaker Westwind breaking ice, 1960

northwest passage 1957
Northwest Passage, 1957

Finding the NW Passage an ambition for 400 years!

Map showing North American Arctic waters

storis spar and bramble
Storis, Spar and Bramble
  • Breaking ice
  • Stuck in the ice
  • Breakout & completion

USCGC Storis in 1957

Storis, Spar, & Bramble make their way through the ice

operation deep freeze
Operation Deep Freeze

USCGC Eastwind in the Antarctic, Operation Deep Freeze (1955-56)

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Operation Deep Freeze

Eastwind opens a channel to frozen McMurdo Sound for scientific stations in the Antarctica

modern polar ice operations
Modern Polar Ice Operations

Newest Polar icebreaker, USCGC Healy

modern domestic ice operations
Modern Domestic Ice Operations

Newest domestic icebreaker Mackinaw

modern international ice patrol
Modern International Ice Patrol

C-130 Hercules Conducting Current International Ice Patrol Ops