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USS BURTON ISLAND (AGB-1) - a Wind-class icebreaker

In Commission 1946 to 1966

AGB-1 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR 1946 - Keel Date: 15 MAR 1946
at Western Pipe and Steel Company Los Angeles CA
APR 1946 - Launch Date: 30 APR 1946
DEC 1946 - Commissioned: 28 DEC 1946
OCT 1952 - JAN 1953 Antarctic Circle
JUL 1956 - SEP 1956 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
JUL 1957 - SEP 1957 Project 572 West
NOV 1957 - APR 1958 Operation Deep Freeze III Task Force 43
DEC 1957 - DEC 1957 Port Lyttleton, New Zealand
DEC 1957 - DEC 1957 Crossed Equator on way to Operation Deepfreeze III, Shellback
DEC 1957 - JAN 1958 McMurdo Sound, Antarctica
JAN 1958 - JAN 1958 Visit Mirny, Russian station
FEB 1958 - FEB 1958 Showa, Japan station
MAR 1958 - MAR 1958 Valparaiso, Chile
MAY 1959 - MAY 1959 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
APR 1960 - SEP 1960 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
OCT 1963 - MAR 1964 Antarctic Circle
OCT 1963 - Shellback Initiation - 15 OCT 1963 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1978 - Decommissioned: 9 MAY 1978

AGB-1 General Specifications

Class: Wind-class icebreaker

Displacement: 6515 tons

Length: 269 feet

Beam: 63 feet 6 inches

Draft: 25 feet 9 in

Flank Speed: 13 Knots

Final Disposition: Sold for scrap 17 August 1980


Burton Island (AG-88) was launched 30 April 1946 by Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Pedro, Calif., and commissioned 28 December 1946, Commander G. Ketchum in command.

After receiving supplies Burton Island departed San Diego 17 January 1947 and steamed to the Ross Sea, Antarctica, where she arrived 8 February for rendezvous with units of TF 68 on the First (1947) Antarctic Development Project. She made her way through the ice packs to the Bay of Whales and unloaded supplies and received passengers for the return voyage. She arrived at San Pedro 31 March 1947 after steaming via Port Chalmers and Wellington, New Zealand; and Pago Pago, Somoa.

After undergoing a yard overhaul she picked up supplies at San Francisco and Seattle and departed 25 July for the 1947 Point Barrow Expedition. At Point Barrow, Alaska, Burton Island's helicopters participated in ice reconnaissance and surveys. She returned to San Diego 24 August.

Burton Island underwent overhaul and repairs at San Pedro and then joined the Second (1947) Antarctic Development Project. She arrived 1 January 1948 at Shackleton Ice Shelf and conducted hydrographic and geological surveys, ice reconnaissance, and demolition experiments in the area. She returned to San Pedro 31 March and underwent ice damage repairs at Long Beach.

Between April 1948 and December 1956 Burton Island participated in 19 different type cruises in Arctic and Alaskan waters. Each time she returned to the west coast she received overhaul or repairs at either Long Beach, Mare Island, or Bremerton Naval Shipyards, then resumed her duties on the expeditions. Duties performed included: supply activities; helicopter reconnaissance of ice flows and packs; ice surveys and photographs; oceanographic, hydrographic, geological, coast and geodetic, and hydrophone surveys; electronic interference surveys; underwater demolition team explosions in ice packs; and Arctic convoy exercises. Expeditions in which Burton Island took part were Point Barrow Resupply Expeditions (1948-51), MICOWEX-50 A; Beaufort Sea Oceanographic Expeditions; Bering Sea Explorations; MSTS Project 572; and several expeditions into the Bering and Beaufort Seas as far north as the Arctic Circle and the Canadian Northwest Territories near the Mackenzie river. During March 1949 while undergoing repairs at Lon Beach, Burton Island was designated AGB-1.

On 15 December 1966 Burton Island was decommissioned and transferred to the U. S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard operated the ship until 1978 when she was decomissioned and disposed of as excess property.

[Note: The above USS BURTON ISLAND (AGB-1) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS BURTON ISLAND (AGB-1), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]