Thursday, February 12, 2009
COLD WAR - COLD Wx.
While in the North during WAP 67 we called at Cambridge Bay a remote Arctic town situated on the northern frontier of Canada. This was the Canadian base point for a string of radar stations monitoring the Soviet Union. Known as the DEWline that is Distant Early Warning line it ran across north-western Canada centered on Tuktoyaktuk Canada. In series of four stations they each had a Main and three linked stations CAM Main, CAM 1, CAM 2, CAM 3. The other series were PIN, BAR, POW and LIZ covering all the way across northern Alaska a total distance of 1740 miles. All this area up over the North Pole to the Soviet Union lashed by radar waves. To supply this area there were three ships on Summer service in 1967 these were, a tanker, USNS "Pinnebog", cargo ships, MS "Frank Broderick", and MS "Banksland" which also towed a barge. If I remember correctly this was the Hudson's Bay Company ship. Also on WAP 67 was the USCGC "Northwind" W282. If any readers served in any of these vessels NAUTICAL LOG would be delighted to hear from you. We hope to publish some photos in later Posts.