[The following article, as well as the above photo, are reproduced from the Antarctic Journal, February 1998]
The 37.5-meter, ice-strengthened research ship Hero, which supported NSF funded
scientists in Antarctica from 1968 to 1984, is available for transfer to a nonprofit
organization or for sale. The ketch-rigged motor sailor, no longer owned by
the National Science Foundation, is offered by the International Oceanographic
Hero Foundation. The Hero Foundation acquired the Hero after the Port of
Umpqua of Reedsport, Oregon, obtained the ship through the Federal Surplus
Property program in 1984. For years, the Hero Foundation enriched appreciation
and understanding of the Antarctic by giving tours of the ship to tourists and
In recent years, interest in the Hero has declined, and last year,
the Hero Foundation was dissolved. As a result, the Oregon Department of Justice
is assisting with the wind up of Hero Foundation affairs, including the transfer of this
sole asset. The ship is unique and a part of antarctic history. The Oregon Department of
Justice says that only someone with knowledge of ships and ample funds will be
able to restore Hero. Any future use will have to include its removal from the current
berth (shown) in Reedsport.
For information, or to make a suggestion, contact ... Oregon Department of Justice [contact information deleted].
Please do not contact the National Science Foundation. NSF is no longer
involved with the Hero and is not able to provide further information.
After all of the legal battles described on the previous page, Hero was sold at auction by the State of Oregon to Bruce W. Norris for just over $5,000.
Below, a June 1998 Umpqua Post article about the sale, with a photo of Bruce.
What happened next?