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John Biscoe Sea-Ice Relief
Base H - Signy Island Antarctica

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A sea-ice relief where there sea-ice is thick enough to allow unloading onto it for the cargo to be placed on sledges and then driven back to base was the stuff of legend for those of us who never experienced one.

Implicit in the phrase "sea-ice relief" is that fact that there is thick strong sea ice in place until very late in the season, into November or even December. In a poor or more typical year, the sea ice could have broken up in September. For the ice to be so thick that late also usually meant that it had to have started to form earlier in the season, so the "sea-ice relief" itself would have been the final decoration on an already substantial and well iced cake (pun intended!)

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This picture is one of a collection assembled in 2007 on the 60th anniversary of Signy Island Base: 60°43'S 045°36'W. Thank you to those who sent their treasured memories of their time in Antarctica and allowed them to be made into a commemorative cd and then placed here on the web.

The reunion weekend was 14-16 September 2007.

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