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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