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Herm Allen Courtesy of Mack Serres

WESTWIND WAGB-281
1954

Off the coast of Greenland
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USCGC PHOTO

USCGC WESTWIND
July 1964

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter WESTWIND (WAGB-281), an icebreaker, leads the U.S. Naval Ship GREENVILLE VICTORY through heavy ice which covered some 250 miles of Melville Bay, Greenland, in mid-July of this year. Ice covering the approaches to Thule Air Force Base, located about 800 miles from the North Pole, was the heaviest seen in the area in many Years. Seven days were required to bring the GREENVILLE VICTORY through the ice tothe air base. She finally arrived on July 17, 1964 (USCG)
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USCGC PHOTO

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter WESTWIND (WAGB-281), an icebreaker, approaches the Coast Guard Loran Station at Cape Atholl, Greenland. The station is located some 20 miles from Thule Air Force Base and 800 miles from the North Pole. The WESTWIND arrived in the area in July of this year. Scenic fjords and rugged mountains loom in the background (USCG)
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USCGC PHOTO

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter WESTWIND (WAGB-281), an icebreaker, arrives at the small Greenland town of Sagigssivik, located on the norther shores of Melville Bay some 800 miles from the North Pole. She is escorting the small Danish supply freighter NANOK S., which on September 25 of this year, was engaged in a special errand of mercy. Heavy fields of sea ice in Melville Bay, the worst in many years, had prevented any supplies from reaching Sagigssivik during 1964, and the natives faced a winter of starvation. Upon learning of the town's plight, the United States Government made available the icebreakers WESTWIND and USS ATKA (ABG-3) to assist a supply ship in getting through to the town. Greeting the long awaited vessels are dog sled teams and joyful Eskimo drivers. (USCG)
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Courtesy of Mack Serres

USCGC WESTWIND WAGB281
C 1950'S
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USCG Photo courtesy of Len Kingsbury

USCGC EASTWIND WAGB-279
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Courtesy of Jerry Murdock

OLD RECRUITING POSTER SHOWING THE EASTWIND.
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USCGC photo courtesy of Don Barnes

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USCGC photo courtesy of Don Barnes

USCGC NORTHWIND WAGB-282

Top photo from 1955 and the bottom one is pre 1953.Note the HNS-1 Hoverfly on her flight deck. She was the second Wind Class icebreaker named Northwind. The first was transferred to the Soviet Union before WAGB-282 was launched. 282 was commissioned in the Coast Guard as the Northwind on 28 July 1945 and stayed in service until she was decommissioned in 1989. (USCG)
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R. Levesque photo

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R. Levesque photo

USCGC GLACIER WAGB4
July 1975

Mid ocean rendezvous with the CGC Mellon.
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