A well earned break during relief
(around November '86 if I recall correctly).
A break between scow (a scow is a cargo carrying boat
hull that is towed by a powered boat) loads of cargo. The cargo scows
at other bases were loaded with cranes so we were reliably
informed, they were also unloaded by crane and even with the use of
At Signy, it was all
done the in the traditional manner with teams of FIDS working
together to lift things out of the boats and then manhandle them
along the jetty to where they belong around base or pile them on the
plan for the time being.
was a very physical process, it usually started early in the morning
when the ship arrived (5 or 6 o'clock) and each scow load was like a
work-out in the gym - several times a day! Still we were young, fit
and knew no better!