U.S. Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officials announced in October that the underwater wreck of the historic U.S. Revenue Cutter Bear, which was lost at sea in 1963, has been found about 90 miles south of Cape Sable, Nova Scotia.
For nearly two decades, a team of researchers from NOAA, the Coast Guard, and partnering academic institutions had been on a complex quest to solve the mystery of the storied cutter’s final resting place.
Purchased by the U.S. government in 1884, the Bear is considered one of the most historically significant ships in U.S. and Coast Guard history. The ship was put into service by the U.S. Navy as part of the rescue fleet for the Greely Expedition to the Arctic in 1884, and she first came to worldwide acclaim as the vessel that rescued the few survivors of that expedition.
The Bear was transferred from the Treasury Department for service in the Arctic in 1885 as a revenue cutter, and for 41 years she patrolled that region, saving lives and dispensing justice in the remote and often challenging region.