It’s nearly the end of the road for the old Coast Guard Icebreaker GLACIER, WAGB-4. The ship has left the Suisun Reserve Fleet, entered the Mare Island Drydock for hull cleaning, and is now under tow to Brownsville for scrapping. The ship had been moored in the mothball fleet since 1991 following decommissioning in 1987.
The ship is storied in history, much of it from voyages made to the Antarctic from 1955 – 1987. The ship also had the largest capacity single armature DC motors ever installed on a ship when constructed.
Several initiatives have attempted to save the ship from the scrapyard torches, and a few are still ongoing as the ship is headed to Brownsville.