visitor clad in red showed up in Kodiak yesterday. No, it wasn't an early visit
by Santa Claus, it was the nation's largest ice breaker, the Coast Guard Cutter
Healy . At 420-feet, the ship is the largest - and the newest - of America's
ice-breaking fleet. It was moored at the city's Pier Two.
to Ensign Emily Kehrt, the Healy just completed three months underway in
the Beaufort Sea, studying the Arctic Ocean and mapping the seafloor
of the extended continental shelf. The Healy is on its way back to its homeport
of Seattle, after concluding the final two components of the Arctic West Summer
The first part
of the mission, led by Robert Pickart of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute,
included deploying several types of hydro-graphic recording devices as well as
recovering others, deployed on earlier missions. During the second part of the
mission, led by Larry Mayer of the University of New Hampshire, the Healy
participated in a joint effort with the Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Louis Saint
Laurent to map the topographical features of the Arctic seafloor.
has a permanent crew of 80, with plenty of room for visiting scientists.