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USCGC Eastwind
WAGB-279

"Knows No Barrier"

Ship's History
[ This page perpetually "Under Construction" . . . ] 
Eastwind's Place in the Historical Context of Seagoing Icebreaking
Pre-History: Tall Ships and Thick Ice - Early Attempts in "Hard Water Sailing"
  
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The Cutter Bear
 
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Revenue Cutter Elmira
  The First (official) "Icebreakers"
 
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Northland
 
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 Coast Guard Ice Breaking Prior to the Wind Class Icebreaker
 
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Bramble
Forever Joined as Victors in the 400 Year
Conquest of the Northwest Passage
 
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Spar
 
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Storis
"There has GOT to be a better way . . ."
19??-1944
Design Basis for the "Wind" Class Icebreaker - First Dedicated-Purpose U.S. Icebreaker Design
 
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  "Appropriated by Congress"
 
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  Bidding Winner & Builder: Western Pipe and Steel Company, Los Angeles
  "Release for Construction" Specifications & Drawings
 
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"The Sisters"
 
1942-1944
Eastwind
Keel Laid 23 June 1942
Launched [date]
Commissioned 3 June 1944
 
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Northwind
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Southwind
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Staten Island
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Burton Island
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Edisto
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Atka
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"Ugly Step-Sister"
An Icebreaker with a Very Different Purpose . . .                                
"So, why reinvent the wheel?"
 
Mackinaw
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  Other Icebreaker Designs
     
     
  The Polar Class
 
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Polar Star
 
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Polar Sea
 
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  Other Contemporary Coast Guard Icebreakers
 
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Alex Haley
     

 

Historical Highlights of Eastwind's Coast Guard Career in Icebreaking
1942
Keel Laid 23 June, 1942, Los Angeles, California
1943 <Image contributor: Al Brier Ship's Bell
1944 Capture of the Nazi trawler Externstein
Coast Guard Historian's Externstein Page
with extensive story
Eastwind Association Externstein Page,
with more photos
1945  
1946  
1947

Eastwind Mascot "Skunk"
Decidedly hung over, but faithfully "on watch".
Skunk's post and "probable" geography have been identified. [More...]

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1957 Deep Freeze I
  Cruise Book Cover
Deep Freeze I 1956-1957
Highlights:
   Admiral Byrd
   Antarctic Treaty
 
Anticipation . . .  
 
   OOPS! Dropped a Prop!
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1966 Deep Freeze '67
1967 Arctic East
1968

Arctic East '68 - The Final Cruise - Captain Wm Bailey, Commanding
12 December 1968 - Decommissioned

Post Coast Guard Life of the Eastwind [Pictures! . . . yet still "unconfirmed rumors" . . . ]

 

 
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Last Update: 8 April 2010