ASNE So. New England Section Meeting Features Discussion Of Polar-Class Icebreakers
The quarterly meeting of the American Society of Naval Engineers, Southern New England Section, was held recently at the U.S. Submarine Base in Groton, Conn. Chairman Capt. Don Kern, USN (ret.), presided over the meeting. Lt. Comdr. Michael Goodwin, USCG, presented a discussion accompanied by slides and a video tape of the Polar-class icebreak- ers. These icebreakers are 399 feet long, 83-foot 6-inch beam, and 13,190 tons, and are equipped with three reversible-pitch propellers. A video tape was shown of one of the icebreakers breaking 7-foot-thick ice in the Antarctic area. Commander Goodwin is a graduate of Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, and he holds a m a s t e r ' s degree from M.I.T.