Heading south for the winter: Engineers keep a venerable cutter underway

From the ship’s bow to the stern light, and from high in the aloft conning tower to the lowest bilge, every space in Polar Star holds equipment and machinery that the ship’s engineers have to maintain in order to keep the screws turning and the lights burning. Read on to learn more about how they keep the Polar Star running.


The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Healy, a 420-foot polar icebreaker, returns home to Seattle after spending 130 days on a science deployment in the Bearing Sea, Chukchi Sea and Arctic Ocean, Sept. 11, 2014. During the four-month patrol, the crew aboard Healy conducted three missions to further scientific knowledge and understanding of the Arctic. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jordan Akiyama)

Coast Guard crew returns to Seattle following 130 day annual Arctic science deployment

Sail along with the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Healy and learn about their 130 days of operations in the Bering Sea, Chukchi Sea, and Arctic Ocean during their Arctic West Summer 2014 deployment. Healy’s crew and science team conducted three missions to further scientific knowledge and understanding of the Arctic and even did some search and rescue.