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March 21, 2014 at 6:14 AM

Icebreaker Polar Star returns to Seattle today from Antarctic

The Associated Press SEATTLE — The Coast Guard says the icebreaker Polar Star is returning to Seattle Friday after a 108-day deployment to help resupply McMurdo Station, Antarctica. The vessel broke a 12-mile lane of ice up to 10-feet thick, clearing the way for a tanker and cargo ship. In January, the Polar Star also was dispatched to…

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January 4, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Seattle-based icebreaker heads to the rescue in Antarctic

The Seattle-based Polar Star, the  Coast Guard’s only active heavy polar icebreaker, is on its way to the Antarctic to assist a Russian ship and a Chinese icebreaker reportedly stuck in thick ice. The Chinese icebreaker Xue Long, which helped with the rescue of 52 passengers from the Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy earlier in the week, is…

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