Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer Crocker, a marine science technician at the International Ice Patrol unit in New London, Connecticut, serves as a role model to her peers through dedication, leadership and professionalism. Crocker was recently named the IIP’s Enlisted Person of the Year for her outstanding representation of the service to local schools as well as coordinating memorials for several historically significant events.
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Coast Guard Cutter Seneca (WMEC-906) is part of the U.S. Coast Guard’s “Famous”-Class of medium-endurance cutters. Many may wonder why the modern Seneca’s namesake became “famous” until they learn of the original Seneca’s heroic 28-year career. Destroying derelict ships, saving lives in World War I, initiating the International Ice Patrol, and capturing rumrunners during Prohibition – these missions were a part of the first Seneca’s story.
After the sinking of RMS Titanic in 1912, the International Ice Patrol was stood up in 1915. Though the processes have evolved, the missions has stayed the same: monitor the iceberg danger in the North Atlantic Ocean and to provide relevant iceberg warning products to the maritime community. It has been through the vigilant watch of the iceberg patrol that they currently have a 104-year safety record keeping the maritime community safe from iceberg collision.
The sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912, was the force that established the International Ice Patrol. We’ll take a look at the IIP’s 104-year history and the mission of monitoring iceberg danger in the North Atlantic Ocean and providing relevant iceberg warning products to the maritime community.
Passing over vast regions never seen by the human eye, discovering new landforms, exploring unknown and un-mapped areas of the Russian arctic in an Indian Jones-style adventure in 1931, Lt. Cmdr. Edward “Iceberg” Smith proved that polar exploration could be accomplished safely and comfortably with the aid of airship technology such as the Graf Zeppelin.
By the 1920s, the Coast Guard had become fully committed to ice breaking operations with the original intent of the Revenue Cutter Service – to utilize ice breaking primarily in Alaska and in support of other traditional missions.
Click on the above image to see a video about the International Ice Patrol. Video courtesy of ITV Meridian. Written by Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas McKenzie for Coast Guard Northeast. The Coast Guard enters its 99th year of patrolling the North Atlantic region, marking positions of icebergs much like the one that sank the
Click the above image to see a video of Petty Officer 2nd Class Cliffton Hendry and the International Ice Patrol in action. Joint Hometown News video by Scott Williams. It was noon on April 10, 1912, when RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, on its maiden voyage. Called “unsinkable” by its builders, Titanic struck
1. When was the International Ice Patrol formed? Shipping areas in the North Atlantic have always been hazardous to navigate. The hazards of the North Atlantic captured global attention in April 1912 when the RMS Titanic sank after it struck an iceberg. The incident prompted maritime nations with ships transiting the Grand Banks off Newfoundland,
Coast Guard Cutter Tampa crewmembers circa 1918. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Written by Petty Officer 1st Class Judy L. Silverstein. It was toward the end of World War I, on a stormy night, when Coast Guard Cutter Tampa disappeared off the coast of Wales with all crewmembers aboard. Considered the greatest single casualty incurred by