Polar Sea – Polar Star

Polar SeaThe USCG Polar Sea (WAGB 11) calls its homeport Seattle, Washington. She was commissioned in 1977 and has been operating in Arctic waters since 1979.

In another career a lifetime ago I traveled out to Seattle to commission systems being installed on both the Polar Sea and the Polar Star. Those were fun times working on the Coast Guard icebreakers.

I was a young engineer fresh out of college working for an international company based in Raleigh, N.C.  While there they sent me all over the world doing all kinds of neat stuff.

So I thought I would take the time, every now and then, to show you some of the places I’ve worked along the way.

I actually spent a lot of time in Seattle back in the 1985-1986 time frame. Besides the Coast Guard work we did a few things with Boeing in Renton and Everette.

One story I’ll share with you involves a project we were doing for Boeing Renton. There were 5-6 of us out there on a big presentation, engineering mockup thing. Because I was junior on the team, I ended up getting a passenger van to shuttle everyone around. We had guys coming in and out of Sea-Tac all the time.

When the work was over and everyone was ready to go back to Raleigh, I was asked to go up to Port Angeles to do a survey with a new customer. I didn’t want to drive the van up the coast so I went to the car rental place and traded the van for a new Pontiac Firebird. I took the ferry over to Breerton and drove up the coast to see the client. Had a great day and took a roundabout route back to Seattle.

The next day I flew back to Raleigh and the following day I went to the Pontiac place and bought a new Firebird.

As I said…. Those were the days.



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