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Signy 1986
Signy Base in Winter

Signy 60th Anniversary 2007
Base H on Signy Island was formally established on 18th March 1947
its 60th anniversary was in 2007

Signy FIDS

Signy 1986
Signy Base in Summer


A Reunion to celebrate 60 years of Base H on Signy Island was held at
Peterhouse College, Cambridge on 14-16 September 2007

Commemorative items:

Signy Picture CD:

Over 640 images from Signy from the 1920's to the 2000's arranged as a PowerPoint presentation (no software needed to view) and also as individual files allowing for personal printing, use as desktop background etc.

A few copies left  if you'd like one.

Signy Magazine:

Illustrated A4 magazine collated by Bob Burton.

2.50 inc postage to anywhere, cheque to:

Bob Burton, 63 Common Lane, Hemingford Abbots, Huntingdon PE28 9AW.

Comments received following the reunion:

  • In all, a most enjoyable Reunion

  • The number and range of people attending was impressive; it's a pity we can't have a 60th Reunion every year

  • A fitting memorial

  • Can't wait for the 65th!

  • Interesting to see pictures of how Signy has developed over the years

  • Remarkable that we all took up again as though the 35 years in between was a mere blip of time

  • Many congratulations on a tour de force

  • It was a huge pleasure and a nostalgic delight for me

  • Many congratulations on a wonderful event.

  • First of all I couldn't see anybody I knew, then I started to recognise some of those old men waving at me.

Signy Fid Attendees

1950's

  • Peter Cordall 1954, 1955

  • Graham Davis 1954

  • Fergus O'Gorman 1959

  • Peter Richards 1958

  • Jim Stammers 1958, 1959

  • Alan Tritton 1953

  • 'Lance' Tickell 1955, 1956

  • L C Tyson 1955

  • James Young 1959

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1960's

  • Nigel Bacon 1965, 1966

  • Andrew Bailey 1963, 1964

  • John Baker 1966, 1967

  • Roger Beck 1966; 1967- 68

  • Malcolm Bedells 1966-67

  • Doug Bone 1967, 1968

  • Paul Bregazzi 1968

  • Mike Burgin 1966

  • Bob Burton 1964, 1965

  • John Edwards 1968, 1969

  • Inigo Everson 1965, 1966

  • Charles Gimingham 1965-66

  • Barry Goodman 1964, 1965

  • Les Graves 1968, 1969

  • Barry Heywood 1962, 1963 + summer visits

  • Peter Hobbs 1962, 1963

  • Martin Holdgate 1961-62, 1963-64

  • Charles Howie 1965

  • Nev Jones 1961

  • Brian Kellett 1972, 1973

  • Ron Lewis Smith 1966; 1976-77, 1980-81, 1984-85, 1987-88, 1990-91, 1994-95, 1997-98, 1999-2000

  • Terry Mason 1962

  • Len Mole 1967

  • Paul Pilkington 1964, 1965

  • Martin Pinder 1969

  • Ron Pinder 1959, 1960, 1961

  • Robert Smith 1967; 1968-69

  • Humphrey Smith 1969, 1970; 1983-84

  • D Allan Spencer 1967, 1968

  • Russell Thompson 1961

  • Peter Tilbrook 1962, 1963 + summer visits

  • Fred Topliffe 1962, 1963

  • Tony Walker 1964, 1965

  • Brian Westlake 1961

  • Eliot Wright 1969

1970's

  • Chris Amos 1972, 1973

  • Dave Ball 1975

  • Bill Block 1971-72, 1976-77, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1986-87

  • Ian Collinge 1972, 1973

  • Herbert Dartnall 1974, 1975

  • Cynan Ellis-Evans 1976, 1977

  • Tim Hooker 1972, 1973

  • Peter Jennings 1971, 1972

  • Jeremy Light 1970, 1971; 1973-74

  • Gordon Picken 1975, 1976

  • Julian Priddle 1975, 1976

  • Mike Richardson 1971, 1972

  • Jay Rushby 1972

  • Richard Webb 1971

  • David Weller 1972, 1973

1980's

  • Dennis Allsopp 1980-81

  • Paul Brazier 1989, 1990

  • Stephen Bridgman 1982

  • Paul Burren 1985, 1986

  • Ray Cannon 1983

  • Andrew Clarke 1986-87, 1990-91,1992-93,1994-95

  • Martin Davey 1987, 1993, 1994; 1989-90, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99,1999-2000,2000-01

  • Neil Fitch 1980, 1981

  • Barry Green 1984, 1985

  • Paul Harrison 1984

  • Paul M Harrisson 1981, 1982

  • Peter Hizzett 1983, 1984, 1987

  • Tom Lachlan-Cope 1980

  • Gavin Lishman 1981

  • Peter Macko 1985, 1986, 1990, 1991

  • Colin Maiden 1975, 1976

  • Ali Malik 1981, 1982

  • Rolf Maslen 1973-74

  • Richard Parker 1983

  • Jon Pickup 1986, 1987

  • Kevin Puttock 1987, 1988

  • Mike Richardson 1971, 1972

  • Damien Sanders 1981

  • Mark Sanders 1983, 1984

  • Paul Tearle 1984

  • Andrew Tucker 1985, 1986

  • Yoav Tzabar 1987

  • Stephen Vincent 1982, 1983

  • David Walton 1984-85 and subsequent summers

  • Paul Ward 1985-86

1990's

  • Rod Arnold 1990

  • Pete Convey 1990 and subsequent summers

  • Mathew Davies 1998-99

  • Matthew Edworthy 1994, 1995

  • Helen Edworthy (nee Butler) 1996; 1999-2000

  • John Everett 1995

  • Peter Lens 1995

  • Amanda Lynnes 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01

  • Andrew Marriott 1995-96, 1996-97

  • William Marshall 1993

  • David Pearce 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000

  • Ian Smart 1992, 1995

  • Matthew Tallents 1995

 

Ellen Bazeley-Wright (BAS Archivist)

Chris Eldon Lee (BAS archivist and Oral History)

Pictures  received from:

  • Dennis Allsop

  • A D Bailey

  • Paul Broady

  • Charles Gimingham

  • Peter Hobbs

  • Peter Jennings

  • Gordon Picken

  • Robin Sherman

  • Allan Spencer

  • Jim Stammers

  • Peter Tilbrook

  • Walter Townsend

  • Paul Ward

  • James Young

  •  BAS Archives

Memories of Signy:

Diving off Berntsen, the grey sandy floor of Factory Cove was positively lunar, impressively cratered with large saucer-like depressions where grounded bergs had rocked and turned. And with perfect visibility into the distance, the inky darkness seemed to emphasise this lunar similarity. Suspended weightless there I thought this was as close as I'd ever get to feeling what it would be like to fly weightless over the alien Moon. But then, breaking the surface a Snow Petrel flew around me. To watch him at wave-level, fluttering in his own perfect environment amongst the waves and bergy-bits seemed such an awesome privilege. And all this before morning Smoko - and no camera!
- Tim Hooker

Winter 1972, doing a 3-day trip around Signy - arriving at Cummings, via Foca and Jebsen late in the afternoon, in the mank. The hut then was no more than a dry-stone wall with a metal roof. The door was only a board, and everything inside was buried in snow. We dug out the sleeping bags and primus and had a brew of nutty-bar, dried onions and peas and then tried to sleep. It was -29F and we lay there in the snow, in the dark, with the hoods of the green Everest sleeping bags drawn so tight that only one nostril was exposed for air. I've never felt so bloody cold as that night in a snow drift with the wind blowing through the dry-stone wall. Getting out for a pee and looking at the amphitheatre of black cliffs and snow all around, lit up by the moon, the masses of bergs out in the bay, the utter lifeless winter silence, and feeling that terrific sense of good 'ents', knowing that this is one of those memories that will last for ever.
- Tim Hooker

Winter 1972, a wonderful dingle day for taking the doo far out beyond Outer Island, into the chossed pack-ice, to the grip the big bergs out there. Jan driving, Brian ski-yawing on the tow-rope behind, and the berg immensely huge before us. Signy looked so small and far away and so insignificant in this wilderness of white. Rugged stuff, good grips - and then John trundles along on the red doo, giving it a test drive from the genny shed - and would you believe, 3-4 miles out in the pack and he's still in his shirt sleeves and slippers, and loving it!
- Tim Hooker

1973. Driving the doo through winter Christmas cakes at Mirounga at midnight to sample the poddies in Lake 2. Sitting in the tent over the hole cut in the ice, pumping up water and listening to the hiss of the Tilley lamp - alone at midnight in the middle of nowhere, somewhere in the Antarctic, on a frozen lake, under the black silhouette of Robin, and the stars gently illuminating Coronation Island. And all was completely silent, frozen in time, and so bloody cold, and so utterly utterly wonderful. Thanks for letting me do that sample, Chris.
- Tim Hooker

Christmas 1984, doing night watch at Signy base and watching a young female elephant seal playing in the shallow water between the end of the jetty and an old iron tank left in the shallows, a relic of the old whaling station. Peaceful and quiet, everyone else in bed, a rare clear and calm night, the whole scene lit by the pinkish light from the sun, drifting just above the horizon, at 2am in the morning.
- Ian Johnson

I showed someone an album of prints of Signy I have a little while ago and they commented
"was it always so sunny?"
if only they knew!


Signy Antarctica 2003


Main Accommodation and Boatshed 2003


Supply Ship 1953


Sea Ice Relief November 1972


Orwell - Factory Whaler in 1925


Svetlana - she of the Passage


Peter Hobbs and pups 1962


Derek S (?) and dog


Dogs on the Gourlay Slope


Esme


Ginger the Signy Cat 1962


One GP egg's an oeuf for me


Midwinter Menu 1958


Feeding time in the plastic hut


Pushing a sledge on sea ice


Bye then....  - last call flares


A step too far, climb the rope to finish the race


Appendectomy
- aren't you glad this wasn't you?


Building Foca hut in 1960


Still going strong in 1986, Foca hut


Preparing a diving hole


Having a lovely time, wish you were here


Summer relief at Signy


Look mum, me and my friend in Antarctica


I was that man!


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