POLAR SEA and her sister ship, POLAR STAR, are the world's most powerful non-nuclear icebreakers. Built by Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company of Seattle, Washington, the two powerful icebreakers are based at the Seattle Coast Guard Support Center at Pier 36.

The Polar Class icebreakers are two of the largest cutters operated by the Coast Guard. These cutters, specifically designed for open-water icebreaking have reinforced hulls, special icebreaking bows, and a system that allows rapid shifting of ballast to increase the effectiveness of their icebreaking. The Polar Sea and Polar Star were built in the 1970s. They serve in Arctic/Antarctic serving science and research as well as providing supplies to remote stations. Both Polar Class icebreakers are under the control of Pacific Area, Ice Operations Section.
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By: kjfitz
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@ 2006-03-07 14:09:29
I have some doubts here. You can just barely make out the number of the ship. At first I was convinced it was a 10, then an 11 (at one point a 12 but that wouldn't make sense as there is not a 12 in this class).

If it is a 10 then this is a differnt shot of the same ice breaker that is in dry dock to the SW. If it is 11 then this is the sister ship as identified.

Birds eye view shots on N/S orientation are usually taken on dates much distant from the E/W oriented pictures so it wouldn't be to surprising to see pictures of the same transient vehicle twice.
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@ 2006-03-07 15:23:17
If you flip the Bird's eye around to the south view I'd definitely say it's an 11.

I've got a moving tranisent in DC: the Odyssey III dinner cruise ship is docked in the E/W BE views:
http://local.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&cp=38.875448~-77.021839&style=o&lvl=2&scene=186698

is passing under the Arland D. Williams Jr. Memorial Bridge in the N view:
http://local.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&cp=38.874471~-77.04155&style=o&lvl=2&scene=2997241

and is south of the Arlington Memorial Bridge in the S view:
http://local.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&cp=38.883081~-77.052304&style=o&lvl=2&scene=2994683
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