MV Nella Dan in Melbourne, December 1965

Antarctica (back then)


Album transferred across from Flickr. These photographs are more or less in sequence and were taken when I was a member of the Australian National Research Expedition (ANARE) to Australia's Mawson Station in Antarctica in 1965-7. They document the voyage, and some of the activities around the station itself and on field trips. My longest trip was for four months with six others, to begin…  (read more)

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MV Nella Dan in Melbourne, December 1965

Updated from my original posting (and originally on F..r). I'd been copying some old slides. This is the Lauritzen Lines ship MV Nella Dan, on contract to the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE) preparing to depart for Antarctica in late December 1965 with me on board. HFF and best wishes for the weekend, everyone.

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"Nella Dan" loading in Melbourne, Dec 1965.

Updated from my original posting and originally on F..r. I'd been copying some old slides. The Nella Dan was carrying a Beaver floatplane aircraft and a Bell 47 helicopter on this trip.

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Loading one of the DUKWS

Updated from my original posting and originally on F..r. I'd been copying some old slides. For many years, the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE) used WWII amphibious army vehicles known as DUKWS as cargo lighters. Here one is being loaded on the Nella Dan.

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Streamers on departure of "Nella Dan" from Melbourne, Dec 1965

Copied from an old slide (and, in retrospect, reduced too much in size here). How much the world has changed! In those days, the custom in Australia was for passengers to throw rolls of streamers to their friends and loved ones staying behind, then hold them until they broke, as the ship pulled away from the wharf. Note too the fashions of the time.

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Down the Yarra

Copied from an old slide and posted (too small) long ago. The good ship Nella Dan leaving the dock and heading down the Yarra River, December 1965, Melbourne. Next stop Antarctica. The cloud has continued to thicken since the earlier shots of the ship at the wharf preparing to depart.

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Out in the Southern Ocean

Copied from an old slide. I mentioned in my previous shot about the thickening cloud. It foreshadowed an impressive storm shortly after we reached the Southern Ocean, lasting for about a week.

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Southern Ocean storm

Copied from an old slide (and now brought forward in my photo stream). Heading south on the Nella Dan , a few days out from Australia we encountered a major storm system in the Southern Ocean. This was taken from the deck above the bridge. It was a matter of getting the shot, then diving behind the barrier as the spray passed overhead. At the worst of the storm, we finished up hove-to, pointing due west into the hurricane force winds for several days.

Southern Ocean storm #2

From an old slide. When it came to taking photos of the waves, it was a matter of getting the shot then diving below the solid railing while the spray passed overhead.

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Rock and roll across the ocean

Copied from an old slide. Far into the Southern Ocean, the weather conditions improved. The wind dropped a little and the sun came through, though we still continued to roll in large swells. Long after, someone recounted the story of how the Captain said of the Nella Dan "She's a good ship in the ice" : the reply was "yes, but she's no b****y good in the ocean" . She was as tough as nails though, even if she would roll on wet grass. :) The ship rolled particularly badly one night during the storm. The result was that the Beaver aircraft dipped a wingtip causing the damage seen in the PiP: needless to say, it was unserviceable for the trip.
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