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McMurdo Sound, Antarctica

McMurdo Station, Antarctica became my husband's home for a year in 1962-63. It was called "wintering over". He was part of the Seabee Batallion stationed in Antarctica for the purpose of supporting scientists from around the world.
He later returned to Antarctica as "summer support" when he had cross-rated to become an Airdale... parachute rigger.
"Kiwi" from New Zealand was interested in his photos from his tour down under...and I thought others might enjoy it as well. When he served with the Navy, there were no civilians other than the scientists. Now you can visit as a tourist. Dress warm!!!
Hope you will enjoy his photo collection.

To The Ends of the Earth

We visited the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem Massachusetts for a wonderful travelling exhibit called, "To The Ends of the Earth". It was an exhibit of fabulous paintings of the polar landscapes...most of which were Antarctica. The exhibit runs until March 1, 2009, but will no doubt show up in other cities soon. These dramatic views of the ships that ventured to the ice at the turn of the century are amazing. To be an explorer and want to travel to such a dangerous and bleak location is one thing...but to be an artist and have the fortitude to go and paint it, is pretty impressive.


Anyone who has visited Antarctica for any reason... whether thru the military or otherwise...is now eligible to join the Old Antarctic Explorers Association. The organization recently changed their ruling to include a wide range of Antarctic visitors who enjoy the discussions, memories and reunions which this group has been enjoying for many years. If you have been there ... you would no doubt enjoy the web site and the sharing of stories. To join, you just log into their web site and download an application.
Quonset Point and Davisville, Rhode Island were the military bases from which the Antarctic squadrons deployed. Hence, I met my husband when he was stationed here in RI before leaving for Antarctica.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The Last Frontier
  • Cons:The Last Frontier
  • In a nutshell:Glad it was my husband and not me !! :-)
  • Last visit to Antarctica: Jan 1962
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Fascinating page and I loved seeing those old photos from your husband's time here - thank you (and him) for sharing :-)

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    WOW!!! Janet this has to be the best page I seen. I love the events, b&W photo's. The memories from his and your adventures must be so special. I salute your hubby for taking on such a remote duty. Thank you for sharing!

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2009 at 6:43 AM

    Nice new tips, Janet--I liked the black and white pictures and hearing about the hearty souls who spent time here....too cold for me, though!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2009 at 10:27 PM

    Hi, Janet! Great memories! Thanks for sharing!

  • paulapes's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Terrific! So interesting and different -- good thing they didn't have women there--10 days between showers! :-)

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Great to read again & see new as well. Vintage & priceless! What a remarkable place, situation, & how VT lead to the reunion. WOW! Love old b/w photos, and these are superior. Great travelogues also. I thank you ever so much for this incredible journey.

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    fascinating is indeed the right word. must have been a long year in such an unhospitable environment and such a celebration on return. enjoyed reading thru this. and impressed by the efforts of the salem museum too.

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Very enjoyable updates and photos, Janet. Ah yes, things aren't what they used to be ! I enjoyed the Reunion tips and travelogues - the gatherings look quite similar to ours.

  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    I love the old photos Janet, and that old parachute gear brings back memories. Love the C130 too, and amazing to think they still use that basic design of aircraft :-)

  • DAO's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Facinating. I want to go here, but it costs $16k!


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