"OPERATION DEEP FREEZE -- 1963. The 269-ft., 6,515 ton U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker EASTWIND rips open a channel through frozen McMurdo Sound for cargo ships carrying personnel, equipment, and supplies for scientific stations in the [sic] Antarctica. In some areas the ice is 10 to 20 feet thick." Photo No. 6082; date/photographer unknown. The Eastwind became the first cutter to ever circumnavigate the globe.
US Coast Guard Cutter MESQUITE (WLB-305) - rather a black mark on the Coast Guard's reputation, the Mesquite is a good reminder not to let anything become routine. In December 4, 1989, the Mesquite grounded on a reef off the Keeweenaw Peninsula in Lake Superior, ironically, it was there to replace the navigational buoy that marked that very reef. After several hours of trying to free the vessel, the crew reluctantly abandoned ship. Semper Paratus...?