The USCGC Polar Sea (WAGB-11) played a critical role in researching and protecting American and humanitarian interests in the North Pole Region. A heavy icebreaker, she is tasked with supporting a wide range of research activities and re-supply missions.
In nautical history, Polar Sea holds several notable records. On 11 February 1981, Polar Sea made history when she became the first ship ever to reach Point Barrow, Alaska in the middle of winter. She is also just one of only three ships[clarification needed] that has ever completely transited the Arctic Ocean and circumnavigated North America. On 22 August 1994, Polar Sea was one of the first two North American surface vessels to reach the North Pole; she sailed together with CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent.
The ship’s nicknames include: Building 11, Polar Roller, What a Great Boat, Wandering Arctic Garbage Barge, Red Tubs of Fun, We Always Go Bye-Bye.
This coin is struck in an antique-brass finish with high-relief details.
Each coin measures 1 3/4 inch (44mm) in diameter.