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USCG Cutter Healy's makes first port call since mid-July


October 25, 2003
Saturday - 12:45 am

Juneau, Alaska - The Coast Guard cutter Healy and crew has a scheduled stop in Juneau for a port call from October 24-27. 
The ship won't host any public tours. The ship departed Seattle June13th to begin its Arctic cruise.  The Healy crew circumnavigated the North American continent on its cruise.  The crew and scientists on board conducted numerous science operations.


The Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB 20) breaking ice for the first time.  The Coast Guard's newest,  Polar Icebreaker/Research vessel will visit Juneau Oct 24-27.  It is built by Avondale Industries in New Orleans.  Cutter Healy is named for Capt. Michael A. Healy a U.S. Renvenue Marine. Captain Healy is most notable as the foremost seaman and navigator of his time in the Bering Sea and Alaska Arctic regions while serving as commanding officer of the U.S. Revenue cutter Bear from 1886 to 1895 
USCG photo by PA3 Jamie Bigelow

Some of the science operations included studying the effects of the freshwater flux from the Arctic into the North-Atlantic. The crew also conducted 10 days of ocean bottom mapping and studied the impact of global change on the Chukchi and Beaufort Sea shelf. 
After months at sea, the ship and crew is visiting Juneau to rest and re-supply.  The cutter is home ported in Seattle. Juneau is the crew's first port call since mid-July. 
The cutter Healy is named after Captain Michael A. Healy.  Capt Healy born near Macon, Georgia in 1839 began a seagoing career in 1854.  Healy started sailing Alaska waters in 1875 and remained until 1895. 
The Coast Guard took delivery of the Healy in November 1999. The ship is 420 feet long with a maximum width of 82 feet, weighing 16,000 tons. The ship's two shafts provide 30,000 horsepower each. The crew consists of 75 Coast Guard men and women and 35 scientists. 


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