Friday, December 11, 2020

Polar Star Departs for Antarctica

Can you imagine departing for Antarctica for the next few months aboard the ship in the photo below? The Polar Star is America's only operating heavy icebreaker. Length = 399 ft (122 m). Beam = 83 ft 6 in (25.45 m).

My photo of USCG Polar Star
in Elliott Bay, Seattle, Washington

#10, The Polar Star, has departed Seattle for Antarctica. The story, as reported by local station KIRO, is below (2 min 10 seconds via YouTube)

And another interesting report by local station KING gives some additional details. (1 min 40 sec via YouTube)


  1. That is fascinating stuff. the thought came to me that all those onboard will not be celebrating Christmas with families. at least I know that my extended family will be safe in their own homes.

  2. Hello,
    It is amazing some of the workers are away from their families for months at time. I wish the ship and workers a safe trip. I am a wimp when it comes to cold weather. Take care, have a happy weekend!

  3. I will watch those videos later today, since I know so little about icebreakers and what they do! Thanks, John.

  4. She’s a grand old ship! Brave people. Don’t know as I’d do that!

  5. Hello John
    Happy Friday Wishes to you.
    The water in your photograph looks so blue, so unlike what the ship will eventually encounter.

    Wishing you a good weekend ahead.

    All the best Jan

  6. No, I can't imagine doing that, no way. Enjoyed the videos.

  7. Hi John- I though the Americans would have more 'Ice Breakers' available. A very nice Ship. Stay well and safe there in Seattle. Cool days here at 70 Deg F...which is a good break from it being 100 Deg F. Regards. KEV.

  8. I have so much admiration for those who work on those ships and at the Antarctic. I hope they all stay safe and well.


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