Working-Class Hero

November 2012

Greetings from the bottom of the world!

Before she’s lost to decay on the West Coast, former Antarctica researchers in Maine want to save their storied Hero.

By David Svenson

In 1968, as the 125-foot research vessel Hero slipped into the waters off South Bristol, the shakedown crew had no idea that after two decades of polar exploration, Hero would be left to the ebb and flow of a mucky Washington-state inlet.

“She’s just moored there at the dock in Bay Center, sitting in the mud,” says Charles Lagerbom, Northport, Maine, resident and president of the Antarctican Society.

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