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From an old slide, copied too small here long ago. This construction site was known, at the time, as Repstat - short for Replacement Station. The old Wilkes base, built by the USA during the 1958 International Geophysical Year, was across the bay behind the ship, but mostly buried under metres of snow and in an unsafe condition. We spent a fortnight working here and, when we left, had erected a line of huts up the right of the road (one of the DUKWs on the road).

The new station was later named Casey, but It has since been rebuilt yet again in a much more substantial form. You can see it here (also a 48 hour webcam video).

While we were there, another of the Lauritzen Line "Dan" ships, the Thala Dan also arrived and we saw the very uncommon sight of two of them in an Antarctic port together (see PiP). Some of the old Wilkes base buildings are visible on the horizon in this image.

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 Dimas Sequeira
Dimas Sequeira club
Interesting document!
5 years ago.
RHH club
Would be interesting to see how things have changed in over 50 years.
10 months ago.
tiabunna club
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Well, this was a new design for an Antarctic station, Ron. Unfortunately it didn't work quite as planned, so the entire station was rebuilt in a much more substantial form some 10-20 years ago. www.antarctica.gov.au/webcams/casey
10 months ago. Edited 10 months ago.
tiabunna club
Meeting of two ships.
A very uncommon Antarctic meeting of the "Nella Dan" and "Thala Dan".
2 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Impressive pair! Stay well!

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2 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Elles sont vraiment sublimes vos photos d'archives... Bon weekend.
2 months ago.
FotoArt club
Sehr beeindruckend, diese Aufnahmen. Als wir 2011 mit dem Segler in der Antarkktis waren, haben wir einige dieser alten Stationen aufgesucht.
2 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Fascinating scene and image George.
Stay safe and healthy.
2 months ago.
Berny club
interesting and fascinating, your job was an adventure!
2 months ago.
Jean club
Fascinating story and pictures. And to think that now a friend's daughter spent six months in antarctica working in a post office where cruise ship passengers posted their postcards.
2 months ago.
 Annalia S.
Annalia S. club
I remember reading about your adventures in Antartica when I first visited your gallery after joining Ipernity. So fascinating! Thank you for the story, George, and also the link to the present day Casey Station. It had a lot of interesting information.
2 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
That’s impressive, George !
2 months ago.
 Gillian Everett
Gillian Everett club
Interesting to see.
2 months ago.
 Pam J
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