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Kista Dan En Route to Antarctica
Base H - Signy Island Antarctica

©Copyright A.D. Bailey - picture taken 1963 / 1964

The sea journey to Antarctica was all part of the experience, usually most it was long and fairly dull, but there is a real feeling of distance and of getting somewhere when going by ship. These days however the majority of personnel get most of the way to their base by aircraft.

I guess it comes down to a financial equation balancing the need to pay someone their full wage to sit on a ship unable to do their job  against the falling relative cost of air travel. Previously having a poorly paid fit young man as causal labour would have been more economical than the high cost of air travel.

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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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