USCGC Polar Star Trudged Through Its Last Mission

USCGC Polar Star Trudged Through Its Last Mission
Associated Press

The vibrations and salt buildup inside of the evaporators led to a few broken pipes. The engines required constant fine-tuning. Leaks were a regular nuisance. A fuel or oil line would break or a gasket would give away. The piping of two of the fuel tanks cracked, which required engineers to weld them back together. This was life aboard the 40-year-old USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10), America's last heavy icebreaker, on its most recent mission, its captain explained to Foxtrot Alpha.

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