U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star is berthed at her home port at the Coast Guard facility on the Seattle waterfront. On Wednesday, the icebreaker will depart for the darkness of the Arctic. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)
U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star is berthed at her home port on the Seattle waterfront. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)
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Why a Seattle-based Coast Guard icebreaker is heading north on a rare wintertime Arctic mission

Instead of heading south into the unending light of the Antarctic summer, the Seattle-based Polar Star, a Coast Guard icebreaker, will journey north into the winter darkness and close to Russian waters on its first Arctic mission since 1982. Updated

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