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Healy Deploys Boats at North Pole

Updated: Oct 9, 2023

Healy at North Pole October 2, 2022
USCGC Healy (WAGB 20) crew members and science team deploy boats in 90° shape at the North Pole, Oct. 2, 2022. U.S. Coast Guard video photo by Chief Petty Officer Roy Mesen Scott.

Float Boat wooden boats were deployed at the North Pole on the US Coast Guard Healy on Sunday, October 2, 2022 by John Wigglesworth and chief scientists Dr. Carin Ashjian from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts with support from the National Science Foundation. Follow the boats.

This was only the second time a U.S. ship has reached the location unaccompanied, the first being Healy in 2015 which was also the first ever deployment of Float Boat wooden boats. The cutter and crew supported oceanographic research in collaboration with National Science Foundation-funded scientists throughout their transit to the North Pole. This mission supported the Synoptic Arctic Survey (SAS). SAS is an international collaborative research program focused on using specially equipped research vessels from around the world to gather data throughout the Arctic across multiple scientific disciplines. This is the third time Healy’s traveled to the North Pole since its commissioning in 1999.

Vessel Information

Science campaign/project team

Captain of Wooden Boat Deployment/Launch

John Wigglesworth

Deployment date and time (UTC)

October 2, 2022; 21h 57m 19s

Location of deployment (Lat/Long)

89 59.7N 167 38.8W

Buoy number (deployed next to wooden boats)

Ice Ball 300534063807280


Boat ID #s

2022, #168-900, 930-1019

Decorated Boats Decorated by these Groups

West Leyden High School, Illinois

Aki Kurose Middle School, Seattle

Eckstein Middle School, Seattle

Pacific Science Center, Seattle

National Nordic Museum, Ipswich High School, Ipswich Massachusetts,

Healy Crew

Deployment log received from the North Pole
Deployment log received from the North Pole by Float Your Boat team. Small low resolution photo due to limited bandwidth at the North Pole. From John Wigglesworth


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