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Sea Ice Relief November 1972
Base H - Signy Island Antarctica

  ©Copyright P. Jennings - picture taken 1971 /1972

Delayed for a month by heavy sea-ice, the RRS Bransfield broke through the rotten but still thick sea-ice to get close enough to base for relief. Instead of being at the mercy of tide and weather as usual and taking a few days, this relief took far less time as cargo could be loaded onto sledges pulled by skidoos right from the ship to where they were needed on base. This by-passed the usual need for a whole chain of FIDS to lift large heavy boxes manually out of boats onto the jetty and then along to where they were needed.

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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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