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sus. R. A. scHMAsmcK, Business MANAGER
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I wish to dedicate this hook to the wives,
families, and friends ofthe Ships Company
who worked and waited for us during our
long voyage south. I hope it will help them
to know what we did and how we lived
while we were gone from them.
Commander Price Lewis, Jr., USNR
. Lt. Commander William B. Thompson, USNR
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ship had a strange rendezvous to keep-in a land that
somc had sm-n hut no one rc-ally knew. And, inter-
mingling with thc rcgrcts ut departure and the antici-
pation of zulwntures ahead, was the clisquieting knowl-
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HOME BUT NOT FOR LONG: Nesllecl alongside Pier 9l
in her home port of Seallle, Washington, USS STATEN
ISLAND makes last-hour preparaiions for six inonlhs of
PARTING OF THE WAYS: An already homesibk group of
sailors gaze longingly from ihe flight deck at their friends
and families on the pier as the brow is finally lifted off.
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MMIVlrnnwmni: The hour of farewell, a tender embrace
for a new and unhappy mother and a baby i
to learn to recognize its daddy half-a-year lever.
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0N THE ROAD
After leaving Seattle on Uetolier ffird. S'l',Yl'liY lb-
LAND navigated out the Straits of .Iuan de Fucgi and
pointed her nose south for the first leg of the long
journey. Loaded to the gunwales with food. supplies.
spare parts and the thousand and one items that turn
Supply officers' hair prematurely grey. the sturdy ice-
breaker experienced a surprisingly peaceful trip down
the XVest Coast. All hands busied themselves with the
seemingly endless chores of a Navy ship, learning their
new duties and attempting to make their winter home
as comfortable as possible.
STATEN ISLAND arrived at and departed San Diego
on the same day, merely tarrying sufficiently to embark
the officers, men, helos and spare gear of our unit from
Helicopter Utility Squadron Une. ln the final hours of
the hurried work of loading, the ship received an un-
expected honor. ADMIRAL CAMPBELL, commander
of the Pacific Service Forces, came aboard to wish all
hands a pleasant and successful cruise. Then, a few
inches lower in the water, but with newly-acquired,
far-probing "eyes" to guide our icy steps, the squat lady
eased out of the harbor and struck out for the distant
shores of New Zealand.
lt would seem safe to remark at this point that, in the
seven years since this ship was returned by the Russians
tStalin only knows what went on before-and he'll never
telllk, the round-bottomed, rolls-in-wet-grass vessel has
never enjoyed quite so comfortable a cruise as that from
San Diego to New Plymouth. Nary a coffee urn was
overturned nor a recent recruit tossed from his rack:
no flying missiles in the wardroom nor independent
garbage cans on the mess deck marred our journey.
Oh, it was hot enough, and perhaps BuShips didn't ex-
actly design this mass of steel and cork for tropical oper-
ations . . . But worship of the sun and that cool evening
breeze, myriads of stars and-for once!-a relatively
level platform, combined to make these weeks some-
ISLAND IN THE SUN: STATEN, THAT IS: A moonliT cruise
in The Tropics aT deTiniTely cuT raTes Tor The men of The
icebreaker. An aerial view of STATEN ISLAND cuTTing a
clean swaTh Through The endless waTers of The Pacific
fahove, righll, while on The mess deck Those friendly
meclicos, Dr. DUCKVVORTH and CHIEF HANNA, pierce The
willing arms of SHEPARD, SN Copper leTTJ. A noon siesTa
on The Torecastle under The Inroiling rays of old Sol lrighT,
belowl was a daily musT, while aTTer dark The luxury of
hammocks and rolling chocks was hard To beaT flower IeTTT.
Among thc numerous scientific projects aboard the icc-
breaker was the study of cosmic rays emitted by the
sun which was conducted by HUGH ANDERSON and
DON BARELLI of Cal Tech. As the photos above
graphically illustrate, their technique consisted in re-
leasing helium-Hlled balloons from the ship at eighteen
different latitudes between Seattle and Mcklurdo Sound.
The balloons carried an ionizing chamber and radio
transmitter to heights of 110,000 feetg during the flight,
cosmic rays penetrated the chamber and ionized the
argon gas within, causing a small electrical charge which
was transmitted to the recorder aboard ship as a radio
wave. It will be some time before the ultimate result
of their research is known, but this and similar studies
being conducted elsewhere will eventually play a con-
siderable role in manis conquest of outer space.
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NEPTUNE HAS HIS DAY
Slightly bloated from riotous living, but otherwise fit
for a good day's vvorlc, King Neptune, Davy Jones and
their rollicking courtiers arrived aboard STATEN ISLAND on
schedule, and promptly proceeded to turn a worthless
group of Pollyvvogs into loyal devoted Shellbacks and
subjects of the mighty realm, A brief pre-equator up-
rising by several disgruntled novices resulted in the tragic
scene pictured above lrightj, but this was quickly quashed
and Queen Schmaedick returned to proper status. A most
rewarding drama unfolded in the scullery where LT.
CHRISTENSCDN slavishly anointed cups and trays, was
later ioined by ENS. PIZINGER for more domestic chores
Cleft center and bottom rightj. Free medical care from
Royal Doctor GOLDSMITH ll-ler Maiesty's representativel
and assistant QUINATA, SN, was gleefully furnished lup-
per leftl, while for those who perspired freely, a dunking
vvas just the thing.
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AND AWAY WE GOL Foster on llre Vlllfl -.-.' th ln W. EQFSP
and nweaner than MIKE l-lANlMEl52, Roy wi Sherill DIQLRYM-
PLE defends the honor' and lllllO'ff:'!1'Qf of Pnnicef: KOHLER
againsf all corners luppe: Ie-ll, -.vlwalo cohort LAHUEK EMS
ensures that DAVIS, C53 pum .ea prone: glow ow lhe ships
bell lupper righll. The sweelnefls. and ligghf of-mnalecl lily
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BMP and MONROE, BNN lahoye, rightl Turned info sav-
age fury on the forecastle lahove, leffl, as The inifiation
orogleegefl past The RoyalCour1lor'1he hapless individuals
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lf any ship ever reeeived at warmer reception than
S'l'.'X'l'EN ISLAND did in New Plymouth, New Zealand,
it has escaped our notiee. From the initial greeting at
doelqside. complete with the traditional Maori dancers,
to the throng many hundreds strong that waved us
good-hye the loeal citizenry welcomed the Yankee sailors
with open arms and all the gracious hospitality of their
homes and families. The ieeln'ealier was the first U.S.
naval vessel to put in at this small city on the western
eoast of New Zi-aland's North Island, and for one week
the routine life of its inhahitants was completely dis-
For most of ns who had never visited New Zealand be-
fore, there were numerous tricks of the trade to become
aware of. Any nnmlier of expressions had to he inter-
preted. that brutal left-hand traffic rule required con-
siderable adjustment. conversion from shillings to dol-
lars and hack to hob taxed our mental prowess-but one
thing was quite clear: here were people who really knew
how to have a good time, and were anxious to see that
we did too. And with Seattle almost a month behind,
we were ready, willing and able.
WARRIORS, WATCHMEN AND WHIRLY-BIRDS: "Welcome
USS STATEN lSLAND" signs decorated every shop window
in New Plymouth during the icebreaker's stay, and clearly
depicting the amity existing between the two nations,
a New Zealand "bobby" and our own law enforcement
specialist, DALRYMPLE, GMC, clasp hands in friendship
topper leftj. Meanwhile, MONROE, BMI was in the process
of becoming an honorary Maori warrior, complete with
ferr cious expression trniddle leftl. After taking the aerial
view of the harbor pictured above trightl, the ship's heli-
copters thrilled a generation of school children fleftl land-
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'l1llt'l't'XXl'l't'lll'ilXlilt'N g.llola- in Nun l"l-.inonth ,intl ill.-
S'l'X'l'l':N lSl.XXlJ s.lilol's linl lhvii liivls. 'liln-iw' xml-N
tront fishing in tht- xxorltl-I.nnons str--.nnw ntnlwx nil-l
pl! lIlllIiS Ill lln' lbllkll Vllllllilv kill ,ismnll inn that nin-
lllt'il'll'ill slope-s ol Xlt, lfginonl. lliwn- urns .i 'lint-v .il-
IIIUSE l'X'l'l'y' night. .nnl oinw- xon '.'t-'iv .ililw to h'1ni-.- iznl
thc- soim-xxlml vnrions lims, tht-iv was .in lllllllll inn- ol
Xlainy ol' tlu- nivn wt-iv liillt-ti-il in pi'ix.itil horn--s outr-
niqht. m'ntt'i'tanln-tl with lxnln-s :intl l.nnih .nnnsi-ni--i-ts.
.Xlniost l'Yl'l'f'Ulll' hgul t-onntli-ss inxihitions in flinni-r or
ull Spot ol' El'ilu aincl tlwn- uns no sliortlcgt- ol pil'-,.itw
tl'anispoi'ta1tion. lin-n tht- hnsst-s wonltl not .illov-s ns to
pan lol' our hn't's. annl it uns fhlln-nlt to l-ng toni' ovn
ronncl in the local pnh.
The invn ol tht- lt'i'l1i'm'gtlwi' wviw- tuillt-il npon lx-.nw to
strnt their wzn'es, znnl this they tliil nith. il not lcim-N-.
alt least snlfic-ivnt t-nthnsinsin. The first out-ttsion mis Ll
pamlcle down the main street of tht- town. for mlm-li
pmt-ticully the entire popnlnu' tnrnvcl ont. ll' 4nnonr'
was out of step. :intl tlu-rv is some rtnison to ln-liifvix
that perhaps this was the msc. it went nnnoticvtl in the
generall hetllzim. Then tlivrc was tlit- softball gmnc he-
tween thc crew and tht- oflievrs-eliivfs, playa-tl nntler
the lights in at large- stadium, with all proceetls going to
El local Charity. Several thonsuntl citizens watt-lietl in
amused amazement us the two teams lost pop flies in
the Hoodlumps, skiddccl on the wet grass going into
second base, and chattered meaninglessly behind the
pitcher. Cricket was never like that!!
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PRIDE OF THE FLEET: A contingent of men from STATEN
ISLAND marching through the downtown area of New
Plymouth taboyel preceding a speech by the Captain to
the assembled citizens tbelowl.
ON DECK: Members of the crew softball team awaiting
their turn at the plate, and the opportunity to join in on
the eventual scalping of the officers and chiefs.
IN MEMORIAMAAND IN STYLE: CDR. PRICE LEWIS, JR.,
Commanding Officer of USS STATEN ISLAND, lays a
vvrealh on The nionunieni in rnernory of those New Zea-
landers who died in World War II, while veterans of tha?
war from STATEN ISLAND sfand and salule, Later, ar a
parly given for the vererans, 3 laughing group surrounds
suavely-garbed Cl-IBOSN SCI-IARER, who displays his prize
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cmali. Borrow row ll Io ri: GREEN GMC, COLE SKC, CASTLE-
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ENI, WOOTEN SMCg second row Iseaiedlz NIXON SFC,
MLIRPI-IY SFI, KALKOEEN YNC, DALRYMPLE GMC, CHRIS-
TIANSCN RMQ, lop row: HAMILTON BMC, SAMPSON
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ALL DRESSED UP: A r'e:fr'ee5H?ug Qfwffjfm Q, l."'JLi!"5iL 'QE'
this page of the Maori Qirigerws of F-4-Q L 1
Traditionai garb and 5pwc+3:kfw:.n kan-3 BQL' JL wb.
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Catholic services had been held cw rh e '
the backdrop of MT, Egmoflf , rcff' A ma f
fumecl out eariy Sunday rzwormifvcq
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mouth went one betfeq cigfmii ff 1 f I
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After leaving New Plymouth on 23 November, we stop-
ped briefly at Port Lyttelton, New Zealand, the harbor
for the larger city of Christchurch. Here the fuel tanks
were topped off, fresh provisions were loaded, and a
team of New Zealand geologists were embarked for the
journey south. And as the icebreaker stood out of the
lovely harbor, the same waters that had been the jump-
ing-oif spot for so many previous expeditions, the com-
plexion of the cruise changed rapidly.
We knew, for instance, that this would be the last con-
tact we would have with civilization for many months:
that we would no longer be able to enjoy the perfect
weather that had eased our path, that we were finally
down to real business, the reason for our existence and
our presence in this distant portion of the globe.
It didn't take long for things to start happening. Two
days away from the South Island, the icebreaker ran
into mountainous seas and high winds which tossed us
about with reckless abandon. All the pent-up fury of
the South Pacific exploded' upon the STATEN ISLAND
as rolls up to fifty-five degrees were experienced and thi-.0
security of the ship was sorely tested. Some cargo on
deck broke loose, the Greenland Cruiser squirmed an-
grily in its skids, eating and sleeping became diiiicult
if not impossible with the main concern being to stay
upright-but somehow we weathered the storm.
And then, glistening on the horizon with an other-
worldly vividness, we saw the First iceberg. It was De-
cember lst, and we knew it would not be long until
the massive Ross Sea ice pack made its appearance. XXX-
passed this silent sentinel of the Antarctic with awe and
slight apprehension, and turned to our duties with re-
As a unit of Task Force 43 and under the direct opera-
tional control of CTC 43.1, we had our orders: rendez-
vous with USS CLACIER in the vicinity of Coulman
Island for fuel, personnel and mail transfer. STATEN
ISLAND's role in OPERATION DEEPFREEZE IV,
the Navy's contribution first to the International Ceo-
physical Year and now the Continuing Antarctic Re-
search Program, was about to get underway.
Top: New Zealand geological party, under the leadership
of Dr. H. J. HARRINGTON tpicturedl, break out some of
their equipment on the dock of STATEN ISLAND, prepara-
tory to hitting the trail.
Members of the deck force attempting to lash
that had broken loose during the onslaught
route Port Lyttelton to the Ross Sea.
Davis and GILLEN proud-
CQnv1c1lon that "If it can
OUCl'll: Dr. RAINER GOLDSMITH of London taking a nasal
swab from a very unwilling SMULAN DT2 ltopl and a
blood sample from a slightly more composed BJORSON
SN labovel for Operation Snuffles, then performing some
mystical alchemy Crightl with a couple of test tubes, and
presto! lwe hopel a cure for the common cold.
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fill- xiii-iilillv xliuly i-fiiimlilm'i1'cl illNl1lI'il S'l'.iX'l'ElN
l XXI? 1-it Ul'lCllX'l'lUX lJl'IlCl'l'ilil2lCZE IV was tlu-
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SEA SAMPLES: Mr. ROBERT STARR of the Hydrographic
Office, here pictured tending his faithful oceanographic
winch frightl and analyzing his findings for posterity
the Medical Research Council, London, England. con-
ducted the experiments. Before leaving Seattle. blood
samples were obtained from the entire crew. During
the operation regular blood samples and throat and
nose swabs were taken from a group of Hfty volunteers
representing every division aboard ship. These speci-
mens were kept in two special deep freeze units at a
temperature of 700 below zero for laboratory analysis
upon completion of the cruise.
All persons suffering from cold symptoms reported to
Snuffles, and the data thus collected, plus that from the
regular control group and the wintering-over personnel
at the various Antarctic stations, will be examined and
analyzed inpan attempt to isolate the common cold virus.
Concurrently with this research, Drs. SLADEN and
also made various behaviorial and physi-
studies of penguins and other forms of animal
An intensive and varied oceanographic program was
conducted aboard STATEN ISLAND during this opera-
tion by ROBERT STARR from the Hydrographic Of-
fice and four enlisted assistants. From the time the ship
departed San Diego until its return continuous sonic
soundings were taken over 23,500 miles. Over a thousand
bathythermographic drops were made and 20 oceano-
graphic stations were obtained. Bottom samples were
collected, measurements of current, temperature and
salinity were made, and diverse species of sea life cap-
tured, all of which information will find its place in
mans continuing investigation into the seas that sur-
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HOME AT LAST The most famous picture taken of STATEN
ISLAND on this cruise one which made the mayor wire
services, and showing the ship, ice, penguins, a heli-
copter, Coulman Island, in short, the all-inclusive, perfect
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MORE ICE THAN YOU COULD SHAKE A SWIZZIE STICK AT...
On the 2nd of December, USS STATEN ISLAND re-
turned at last to her natural element. Plnwing easily
through small belts of scattered brash, the icebreaker
sought out the main bulk of the pack, which was con-
tacted the following day. Scores of Antarctic newcomers
crowded the fo'c's'le to watch the small Hoes disinte-
grate under the unerring pressure exerted by the ship.
Nighttime disappeared suddenly, and the sun never
set. With everyone's hours being disoriented by this
abrupt change, it was not unusual to find the mess deck
or passage-ways bustling busily at three in the morning.
And as far as the eye could see, a white blanket covered
the silent sea. Actually it was a tremendous relief fol-
lowing the storm-swept trip down from New Zealand,
for in ice the STATEN ISLAND rides as smoothly as
the Queen Mary Cthat is, except for an occasional jolt
as a tough Hoe is jabbed asidel. But now the going was
getting rougher, as the pressure thickened and the open
water areas became few and far between.
NEW ROUTINES: Life changed swiftly aboard STATEN
ISLAND once the ship entered the Ross Sea ice pack. The
most popular recreation was undoubtedly "Penguin hunt-
ing" as practiced Irightl by willing assistants to "shuffles"
doctors. For officers of the deck, the pose illustrated by
LCDR THGMPSON, XO of STATEN ISLAND, Cleftl became
a familiar one. And then finally there was the long-await-
ed rendezvous with the GLACIER Ibelowl in the ice-iarn-
med area around Coulman Island.
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After a few days banging her way
including one episodeiof TNT when the
give way-STATEN ISLAND made her
the GLACIER on 7 December. CAPTAIN
NICDOZNALD, CTG 43.1, broke his Hag on our
and the transfers of fuel and mail took place.
But meanwhile, the pack had been consohdatmg around
the two ships, and when we got underway for Mclvlurdo r
Sound the going was tougher than it had been earlier. 6
Even the vaunted GLACIER, with twice Olll' horse- '
power, was unable to make much progress against the
assemlulecl forces of nature, playing the game in their
-s own backyard.
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During the time that the STATEN ISLAND and GLACIER
were in the vicinity of Coulman Island, a small party of
intrepid explorers, including the "Snuffles" doctors, New
Zealanders and our own ace photographer, PREMZIC PHl,
made an overnight sortie to the island to observe a vast
icy slopes. A
men, all over
in a two-man
Emperor penguin rookery nestled along its
change in the weather, however, prevented
from returning until the third day, and six
six foot, were forced to spend two nights
tent! Cleft, belowl. But the sights were
chicks, and of
Cmiddlel, thousands of the large birds and
course an occasional lone wolf hop, leftl. -
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- AND MORE PENGUINS: Not only were there penguins
here and there and everywhere, including the vicinity
of the photographer's tripod for those who were real
hams Crightl, but they were even aboard ship, brought
up the side by such as SANDS, FN, tbottom leftj and
penned in a small corral aft of the LCVP's ttop leftj to the
chagrin of the second division.
The attempt to break into Terra Nova Bay to dehark
the New Zealand geological party was a fruitless one,
and finally had to be abandoned. The ice Hoes were large
and under terriiic pressureg and once broken, there was
no place for the hrash to go. The venture was quitg,
costly at any rate, since the GLACIER broke two blades
off her screws andhent the other four, and was vir-
STATEN ISLAND finally hroke loose from the sur-
rounding pack and managed to ease the pressure a-
round GLACIER, permitting her to get free. But the
damage had heen done, and the hig icehreaker was
forced to proceed hack to New Zealand for drydoeking. 1'
The result of this was that STATEN ISLAND was now
left with two johs to do-hoth her own and CLACIEIi's
-and the Coast Cuard NORTI-IXVIND would not he
down to assist for several weeks. The Task Croup stall'
transferred to the Seattle-hased ship, as she headed
slowly southward. It was a grim moment, for the fate
of the entire operation depended on whether she could
accomplish the task of hreaking the channel into Mc-
Nlurdo for the cargo ships and tankers-all hy herself.
The hest-laid plans of mice and men could not have
prefigured this deyelopmentg never hefore had the chan-
nel heen caryed out solely hy a wind-class icehreaker.
But a new and resolute spirit was emerging among the
old hands and first-timers ahoard STATEN ISLAND
as she picked her way down the narrow leads and hroke
across the thick ridges en route to the Naval Air Facility.
lf it was possihle, and there was reason to helieve it
was. we were sure we could accomplish it, after all, we
had emerged undainagecl from the worst the Antarctic
had to offer.
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There were twenty miles of bay ice to go through, an
hroken olf could move out with the wind, which mean
required Ll running sturt, full power and then the sudden
lt wus difficult tedious work hreaxking this channel. lt
of ri home lot would disenuuge itself from the rest ot
the intiss. Then hack again und repent the process
over und over, striking first ut one spot, then another,
hgilxlinq oil' the nreu in hetween-auul hoping the wind
would eontiuue to hlow hard from the south to clean
sun ill lol the jolt was Qettinti it done. .-'tnd ut lust cznne
th it tl ix ulnn we departed the ehnnnel to rendezvous
ix ith tln support loree, lenviiig signs us ai monument to
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Arriving ut Nlchllurdo Sound on 14 December, STATEN
ISLAND quickly set to work at her appointed task.
1 verv rigid de-ldline the arrival of the resupplv force
.it tht beginning of the New Hear. The channel had to
he wide enough so that the pieces of ice which were
at tunnel-shaped nlluir narrowing to about 200 yards tsee
jolt us we hit und stuck, whereupon at chunk the s '
lint sloxxlx our th.innel lmegun to tuke shape, uhout il
thu, .uid the sh.1pe in the distance
th it xx is llut lonit .ind onl ohjtttut st.uttd to tome
into lotus. Xloikine sttndily .uound thc clock, with no
1- sl lor the tireless diesels, the ieelueukei' that wus too
A BAD BREAK
Things happen quickly in the Antarctic, and this was
no exception. No sooner had we cleared the channel,
than there was a sudden shift of the wind and everv
stray piece of ice in the Antarctic decided that was
where it wanted to go. Not only did the channel become
completely clogged, but the pressure in the vicinity of
Beaufort Island was terrific. XVe made our rendezvous
with USCG NORTHXVIND, USS XVYANDOT and USS
NESPELEN, but that was all for a few days. XVe just
had to sit and wait for things to improve.
However, seabee personnel and certain vital items of
ccpnpment were needed at the base immediately, so
the STATEN ISLAND and NORTHVVIND helicopters
fashioned a round-the-clock emergency airlift, ferrying
back and forth between the ships and Mehflurdo. Thus
was spent the last few days of eventful 1958, and to
some it was a reminder of the ll days at the beginning
of 1957 when STATEN ISLAND and XVYANDOT were
beset in the Xlleddell Sea.
Eventually conditions improved and the ships were able
to move into the channel and moor to the berths
STATEN ISLAND had carved earlier to oftload their
precious cargos. lt was a momentous occasion for the
personnel at Nlc-Rlurdo, and there was a great feeling
of satisfaction for the men aboard the icebreaker, who
had done their job and done it well. But new items were
on the agenda, and without even allowing the engines
to cool, our ship was underway again.
Shortly after arrival at McMurdo STATEN ISLAND un
loaded the gear for the New Zealand trail party onto the
bay ace fabove and lower leftl While the channel was
be-:ng broken preparations were made To receive The
cargo ships under the direction of CAPTAIN LEWIS here
shown with puck in hand under the ship s anchor Crop lefillh
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the icy winds and f!'F't2.'lll7:-I We-ffiwvrv
Ships have to moor, eva-rm ro my ,Vvi PM ws sw:-" QU hw!
by 7hG USC of deildrwwguv Trfwhffrf. ?w5,'f-ww ww? 2 'hi' M +2 'lf
Shown digging the hole- for vw- mf h - 1 ANDEP3
SN Crop righw. When the fargo shim -.w,1:.- wncvlwiv my emgf
the Chamwel GT fir3T1 dI1x11IIitY X.-,',n'f.,,',11r1N, ' ?w f:,'q-www"
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Christmas Eve was mainly musical in the crevv's mess hal!
with entertainment furnished by LTJG FREUND Cabovej,
GATES EM3 Crop righft and COMMODORE MCDONALD
fmiddle rightj among others. And getting into the act is
the ever-present penguin as CHBOSN SCHARER, SHEP-
ARD SN and MELGAARD CS2 pose vveariiy by their handi-
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CHRISTMAS MOSTIY WHITE
Christmas came to the Antarctic minus stars or mugi
hut undeniably white. Homemade decorations hright-
ened the crew's mess hull and the wurdmoin. mic-cs
blended in the familiar czirnls, i'cfreslnnci'its rind limi
Cross gift packages were clistrihuti-il. 'I'lii-migliuiit thi-
Christmas Eve party, liowi-ver. thi- riunhling ul' huge
diesels :incl the sudden impact ut sta-cl ilu ici- wiiiiiiili-il
the men that their task wus flu' lfruni i-imiplcti-.
Church services were hclcl Cliristiints iuiiriiiug. lulliiut-il
hy ll supcrll tiirlccy clim'u'r. .Xu hnur liiti-1' thi- ship stup-
pad for ai few inmni'nts iuiil sixti-i-ii liimly siiuls x-xiis
turetl Over thc sich' tin wiiiipi-tv in thi- ci-iitiii'y's lirst
lcv Bowl classic. 'liigi-rs xi-rsus thi- lli-.irs. it was in
pzirlczis und inulxlulas im-r thi- slit-L ii-i-, cliitsinq .i ill--
Haiti-cl split-rnirl. with the- siili- sin-1-l.iliir ii lil-xxilili-ri-il
,Mlm-lic pi-iiguin, in mu- ul thi- stiningi-st liiutlrill .illn-
numis mi iwcriril illii- Tig:-rs slsiilili-il ruiil shiggitri-il tu
ai 6-2 triuinplii. 'l'liz1t night lmii'ti-vii liirtiui.it1- iuili-
viiluiils wi-rc iilili- lu ci'mt.u-t tlivir liiiinvs iuiil liuiil 'iriv-
vizl the ships uui.ili'iu' iuuliii i-iiuiiuiii-iii. ll i.i, .is liii'
1-vc-ii thi- must unit-.il siiul, ai ifliiisliiris tlu-x uiiiilil life
unlilwly to lunrgcl iii llii- lhiituri-,
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Ci-lEERf FLINT SN, PEDRO YNl, BRELAND DC3 and FEGUR-
SUR SN Llett to right, belowl carefully trim the tradi-
tional yule in preparation for the Christmas Eve party,
,ifhile others scrutinize their Red Cross gifts tabovel. Faces
visible iriclucle ll to rl WAUGH FN, CCOK SN, LONG-
DYKE SN, RODGERS SN, REIFF SN and JETER SN.
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TWO PASTIMES: For Those who favor The more sedentary
forrns of recreation, a party on the ice was iust The Thing.
The seven seamen in the Top picture are ll To rl MONSON,
RODGERS, WHITE, SEIDLING, JETER, REIFF and KILLEEN
while The six chiefs mugging forthe camera include fl To rl
COLE, KALKOFEN, MOYER, WOOTEN, DALRYMPLE and
HAMILTON fmiddle rightj. Others went in for more active
occupations occasionally, and below are the Tigers and
Bears grimacing across The scrimmage line with referees
LTJG PEACOCK and CAPT. MCDONALD checking Tor off-
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A page of miscellaneous photos showing STATEN ISLAND
and WYANDGT in The channel Cupper lefty, the transfer
of mail from HMNZS ENDEAVOR To STATEN ISLAND Cup-
per rightj, McMurclo's helicopter carrying The "ice saw"
into the channel Uovver lefrl and the proud lady in her
natural habitat flower rightl.
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SIGHTS WERE plentiful in McMurdo Sound, and one of
the most historic was Shackleton's hut nestled amid the
penguin rookery on Cape Royds Cbelowl. IAIso see fol-
lowing pagel. But Crightl Dr. GOLDSMITH was more in-
terested in taking the temperature of each of seven layers
of clothing on LTJG REEDY Iat leftj as part of his physio-
logical studies on the effectiveness of various types of
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GATI-IERED TOGETHER for one moment on the flight deck
of STATEN ISLAND are most of the scientists who per-
formed such valuable research during OPERATION DEEP-
FREEZE IV. Familiar faces in photo at bottom of page in-
clude Istandingl Dr. DUCKVVORTH tfirst on Ieftl, Dr.
SLADEN Cthird from Ieftl, CAPTAIN LEWIS Isixth from leftl,
SIR RAYMOND PRIESTLY, RICHARD PENNY and ROBERT
STARR Cseventh, eighth and ninth from leftlg and kneeling,
Dr. GOLDSNIITH Cfourth from Ieftl.
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TRIPODS AND TOURISTS: Pictured at the left is one of our
rnost noted passengers, EMIL SCHULTHESS, world-famous
Swiss photographer, who shot many a photo to be in-
corporated later in a book on the Antarctic, while below,
resplendent in bulky A-l gear, CHELEC DUNHAM ex-
anwines a plaque on Scott's hut at Cape Evans, built in
1910 and still very much standing, thank you.
STRICTIY IN COMMISSION
Perhaps the outstanding fact concerning STY1 EN IS-
LAND on DEEPFREEZE IV was that there were no
major casualties to her engineering plant throughout the
operation which could not be repaired by the ship's
able and ready crew. This borders on the unbelievable
when you catalogue all the ditlieulties experienced by
other ships in the land of ice and snow, when you
realize the tremendous strains placed upon the engines
by hour after hour of rigorous ice-breaking.
Constant vigilance and preventive maintenance of uni-
formly high standards was the key to this performance,
and not enough credit can be awarded the men who are
responsible in very large measure for the success of our
But this was no one-man or single-department effort
and our praise must be lavished over the whole of
STATEN ISLAND's complement:
To the Supply Department, who helped make things
infinitely more comfortable for all hands, and whose
astute planning omitted nothing and provided for every
To the Operations Department, for providing up-to-date
and valuable information in so many areas, and keeping
us constantly in touch with the remainder of the task
To the Deck Department for consistently excellent
watch-standing, quick and efficient handling of cargo
and the thousand and one tasks that keep an ice-
To the Air Department for keeping its ln-los in a con-
stant state of readiness and performing a variety of
missions with great dispatch and not even the hint of
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Top right: COLEMAN EMI and OGBORN EM3 shown re-
winding the tire and bilge pump motor in the Electric
Bottorn right: A short break for the camera by MOELLER
EM3, ENFINGER EM2, SVVANSON EM3, DERN EM3 and
Ci-IELEC DUNHAM after re-insulating No. 6 Main Engine
Bottom left: Progressive maintenance as ably performed
by ROBINSON FN, HUBER EN3 and DACUS FN.
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ON THE JOB: MARKS MR? 5-fveafmg over a hot lathe
Cabovej whife CHAVEZ FN, WEEKS EN2, ROBINSON FN
and HARRIS EN3 Crop righfb, goimed by VVILLETT EN3,
MACH REDWINE and TOMES ENC below reassemblimg
a repaired NO. 3 mam emgme MGR.-.'ef'.
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The new year began on an international note as STAT-
EN ISLAND once more departed the channel, Lhig
time to assist Her Majesty's New Zealand Ship ENDEA4
VOR whose destination was McMurdo's next-door neigh.
bor, Scott Base. There was a special sense of satisfaction
in this task for the crew of the icebreaker, since amid
her cargo ENDEAVOR carried forty bags of mail from
ENDEAVOR was berthed safely the same day, but
there was no rest for the weary. On january 2nd the
pride of the Service Force departed McMurdo for Little
America V, along the massive Ross Sea ice shelf. With
the thermometer hovering around zero and icy winds
screaming in from the pole, STATEN ISLAND evacu-
ated personnel and cargo, in a few hectic hours, as the
historic site rapidly took on the appearance of a ghost
No one awake for that night will ever forget the scene
as the vehicles and sleds came rolling down the hill to
the mooring site, a site which threatened at any minute
to break away and head for sea. It was a race against
time and the bitter cold, but once more the icebreaker
emerged on top.
THE HISTORIC site at Little America, established by AD-
MIRAL BYRD, and here shown occupied by LTJG MC-
KASKLE, LTJG SIRP, DENNIE AD3 and LTJG ROBERTS Uoplg
and by CDR LEWIS, SIR RAYMOND PRIESTLY, and CAP-
TAIN MCDONALD Cmiddlel.
A CLOSE-UP shot of the Ross Sea Ice Shelf ibottom rightl
from which giant bergs break off every year, and the ice-
littered forecastle of STATEN ISLAND Cbottom leftl.
ANOTHER SHUT of the fovepmr
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One of the supreme personal recreations on DEEP-
FREEZE IV was the nurturing and cultivation of all
manner and shape of beards. Bushy and stringy, fancy
bluff, hairy growths sprouted from a majority of
d, surviving for various periods usually di-
to the amount of irritation produced.
best examples of STATEN ISLAND will-
power are reproduced above by Couter ring, -clockwise
from 12 o'clockJ MARCHMENT AGI, LAROQUE
DKSN, COLEMAN EMI, FOSTER SK3, MOYA RMS,
SULLIVAN RM3, SWANSON EM3, MARTINEZ
DoBBs FN, B1oRsoN SN and or-:MPSEY sicig may
linner circle, clockwise from 121 STYVE EN 1,
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CAPE HAHETT: GARDEN SPOT OF THE ANTARCTIC
After a short stop at McMurdo to transfer Little Ameri-
ca acquisitions, the icebreaker was off once more, lead-
ing the now empty NESPELEN out the channel, through
the pack that hugged Beaufort Island and into open
water. After a days steaming, STATEN ISLAND then
made its rendezvous with the cargo vessel AHNEIS
fahove leftj and headed for Cape Hallett.
Of all the magnificent and other-worldly vistas to he
viewed in the Antarctic, there is little douht that Cape
Hallett is the most breathtaking. It is ringed hy jagged
mountains and picturesque hergsg glaciers and icefalls
abound, and with every passing hour the Antarctic sun
changes the shadows and glinting colors in a glorious
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Half the day the harhor at Hallett is clogged with ice
of all sorts and description, and then, like clockwork
with the ehhing tide, the Hoes and bergs and growlers
move out once again. During these periods off-loading
operations took place via the ARNEB LCM's, while
STATEN ISLAND experienced a few days of well-
The hase at Hallett is nestled in the shadow of a high
cliff, and its principal feature is a large and unruly
penguin rookery which sprawls for acres in every direc-
tion. A numher of the parent hirds were out at sea during
our visit. hut there were chicks galore, and their antics
provided constant amusement. To the various scientists
aboard, though, this was serious business, and penguin
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banding parties, observation groups and the like roamed
The Coast Guard icebreaker NORTHWIND was also
at Hallett, but a change of plans diverted her to assume
the tasks of the GLACIER, leaving STATEN ISLAND
to finish up NORTHVVIND3 work, which consisted of
completing the evacuation of Little America V. So back
to the other end of the Ross Sea went STATEN ISLAND
and ARNEB, and the last remaining personnel and sup-
plies were taken aboard, the remnants being left to the
wind and snow.
The familiar sight of Bit. Erebus in Nlchlnrdo Sound
greeted us once more, as the icebreaker got in a few
more licks at lengthening the channel. Finally she was
relieved by NORTHXVIND, and the long voyage out
of the Ross Sea and around the continent to the Indian
Ocean side-and XVilkes Station- was about to begin.
CLEVER l.lTTl.E BIRDS: NICHOLAS AG2 topper rightl RICH-
ARD PENNEY flower leftl and RAINER GOLDSMITH llovver
rightl civilians, all have their moments at Hallett with the
clever little creatures who make this Antarctic paradise
their summer headquarters Cmiddle rightl.
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EN ROUTE T0 WILKES
The trip around to Wilkes was not a dull one as the
xx exe several diversions worthy of notlce The first
these conceined the desire of an Antarctic veteran to
see h15 old home
SIR RAYMOND PRIESTLEY of England fpictuied
leitj xx IS one of our most notable guests during OPEP
-XTION DEEPFREEZE IV This years recipient of
the Founder s Med il of the Roy il Geographical Society
SIR HAXNIOND has many years of efcplorlng and scien-
tific work in distant places belnnd him including serv-
ice with the Shackleton and Scott expeditions to the
Antarctic shortly after the turn of the twentieth century.
f Among his adventures are included spending an entire
Antarctic winter in a cave of ice with a few weeks pro-
visions, augmented by seals and penguins, waiting foi?
the ship that never camel
One winter, however, SIR RAYMOND remained in the
Antarctic in relative comfort, at Cape Adare, the north-
western corner of the Ross Sea. His hut is still standing
tsee helowl as we found out when we stopped at Cape
Adare briefly, although damaged and with the roof
blown away. XVhile in Robertson Bay, oceanographic
studies were conducted, and the 50 year-old campsite
.X second stop was made for several days at the Balleny
Islands, discovered in 1830 by a British sealer, but
virtually unexplored since that time. A group from the
icebreaker became the first on record to land on Buck-
ley Island, the largest of the five volcanic heaps which
comprise this landmark.
Oceanographic and cartographic studies were made dur-
ing this time, considerable amounts of rock and marine
algae specimens were collected, five Adelie penguin
rookeries were newly discovered and numerous photo-
graphs including aerial shots were taken.
Not only was it difficult landing the LCVP's on the
current-swept beaches of the Ballenies but it was also
touch-and-go conning the icebreaker itself through
waters abounding with jagged pinnacles climbing peri-
lously close to the surface, any one of which could have
torn a gaping hole in the hull.
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Officer inspect the remains of SIR RAYMOND'S former
winter quarters on Cape Adare.
Upper right: Constant maintenance on the helicopters was
necessary to keep the whirly-birds in operating trim.
Lower right: ANDERSON SN gazing at the photographer
as another landing party goes ashore for scientific and
Finally it was on to Wilkes. En route we sighted Iapan-
ese, British and even Russian whaling vessels plying
their trade in the calm waters off the continent, the
tiny whalers scurrying around chasing the mammoth
beasts and the large factory ships handling the abund-
ance of tasks involved in making the Moby Dicks com-
Little ice was encountered on this journey, but there
were icebergs galore, all shapes and sizes, and a con-
tinuing delight for shutterbugs. There were also some
of the most beautiful sunsets ever witnessed, as the ship
had progressed far enough north so that night became
more than just a name once more. l
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WILKES IN TERLUDE
A final burst through a city of icebergs and some scat-
tered pack Csee photos this pagej, and the STATEN
ISLAND had reached Wilkes Station. XVe were pre-
ceded by the MACC-A DAN, a Danish merchantman
chartered by the Australian Government to convoy rep-
resentatives from Down Under to this distant outpost.
The purpose: to accept control of XVilkes from the
Americans for the forthcoming years.
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Cargo unloading progressed swiftly through the use of
Australian amphibians, and by 3 February backloading
had also been accomplished. The entire American com-
plement of the base had to be embarked for the trip
to Australia, and the already crowded icebreaker work-
ed overtime to find room for the new arrivals, so anxious
to return to civilization after the long cool winter.
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SPARKES American leader ot Wilkes Station Crightl and an
unidentified Australian prior to the turnover cerennonies.
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veteran ot many a polar sojourn, and painted a bright
recl tor quick identification, lies at anchor in Vincennes
Below: The Southern Cross and Stars and Stripes flutter
in the Antarctic breeze atop the Wilkes administration
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Above and top right: CDR PRICE LEWIS, JR., representing
the United States government officially turns over the
administration of Wilkes Station to the government of
Australia, flanked by Dr. PHILIP LAW and LCDR THOMP-
SON. Dr. LAW represented the Australian government.
Bottom left: Dr. RICHARD MILLER, marine biologist from
Long Beach State College, California, shown with BRE-
Bottom right: Dr. GOLDSMITH and CAPTAIN LEWIS apply
the knife to a trussed-up Antarctic seal, preparatory to
making an autopsy to determine what goes into that huge
On 5 February COMMANDER PRICE LEWIS, IR.,
senior United States governmental representativepres-
ent, turned over administration of NVilkes Station to the
Australians in a short but impressive ceremony.
The Antarctic is a fertile breeding ground for inter-
national amity, let there be no doubt of that, and this
was one more example of cooperation between nations
in a scientific venture that vitally concerns all. fElls-
worth Station in the XVeddell Sea, which STATEN IS-
LAND estahlished during DEEPFPIEEZE II, was trans-
ferred to Argentinian administration this year also.l
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BEER BUST: Men of the STATEN ISLAND swarm ashore
for a warm-hearted, if cold-blooded party, on the shores
of Wilkes Station. Recognizable are Crop centerj LAMUTH
SN and NICHOLAS AG2g ffop right, I to rl MOELLER EM3,
ENFINGER EM2, MELTON FN and DERN EM3.
Throughout the short stay at XX'illccs the S'l'.-X'l'liN
ISLAND scientific program wus in hill swing. lilootl
samples uncl throat swubs from XYilkt-s Station personnel.
fish specimens from the fertile seas mul iuiotlier tlocls
of penguins were typical cxaunples.
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.-Xt lust. on 6 Feln'uary, all passengers and gear were
nbonrcl and the icebreaker was ready to leave the Ant-
arctic behind for good. lt had been ll busy eventful few
months, but no one was too sorry to be heading home,
and that six-clay liberty' coming up in Melbourne really
l'p clone the anchor and around swung the nose of the
ship to the nortli-mission complctccl safely and suc-
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row: DUNGCA, OLSON, WHITE, SAULS, RENCH, HIGHLEY,
fourth row: FEGURGUR, HELPINGSTINE, LONGDYKE, SUD-
LOW, LINGO, fifth row: CHBOSN SCHARER and HAMIL-
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HENDERSON, WASSON, SAMPSON, LAHUE, SHIVELEY,
JETER, FLINT, first row standing: MONROE, NICOLO,
VARNUM, SCHUERGER, RODGERS, WAINWRIGHT, BIND-
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Alter a smooth and uneventful trip north, STATEN IS-
LAND finally arrived at Melbourne on 13 February,
inorc than ll weeks after its last contact with civiliza-
tion. All hands were fully prepared for a week they
would always remember, After an inspection by the
Commanding Officer, liberty call went down and the
quarterdeck was swarming with people.
Suddenly the entire complexion of things changed
abruptly. An urgent message had just been received
from Coininander, Naval Support Forces Antarctica,
ordering ST.-XTEN ISLAND to depart Melbourne the
following morning. return to Lyttclton, pick up sup-
plies. and-of all places-head back for Mckilurdo. XVith
NOlirl'lnlNX'lND diverted to the Palmer Peninsula, there
was no other icebreaker available to make the final run
lt was a hard blow to take alter so long in the ice, and
with Melbourne beckoning and Seattle not far awayg
but once more the icebreaker responded to the call-
and with a single nights hectic liberty under our belts,
we stood out across the Tasinan Sea to New Zealand.
The first view of Melbourne we had was the vessel pic-
tured ltop rightl, which carried our pilot out to meet us.
After berthing, the Commanding Officer spoke to the
assembled crew on the flight deck lbottom rightj. And
the Deck Department posed prettily for their pictures.
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of activity in Melbourne was the ciuarterdeck area. Two
of the most prorninent passengers carried on STATEN
ISLAND are shown departing flower leftj over the normal
route, after a rapid ntaturation from the baby Emperor
Penguin chicks taken at Coulrnan Island, bound for the
friendly confines of the Melbourne Zoo as a gift from
the icebreaker. Unfortunately they don't rate the sideboys
that the Australian Naval Officer in Charge, Victoria, was
furnished with flower rightl.
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TERIA and GUIDRY, all seamen, baling out The laundry
after a small catastrophe that was merely routine to This
Upper right: Although never fired in anger for even for
practicej AO mm's require constant maintenance and this
they received from The capable gun crews.
Lower left: MARCHMENT AGT in his office, whence came
all sorts of information and predictions about the weather,
which proved highly accurate and very useful.
Lower center: Clipping the curly locks of TOMES, ENC, is
the busy ship's barber, FERNANDEZ SH2, whose job con-
tinued no matter what the weather or scenery outside.
Lower right: Senior man in terms of service aboard STAT-
EN ISLAND, SAMPSON BM2 concentrates hard in the sail
locker, thinking of those days when the ship was returned
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during the working day, but after hows its relaxanom in
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BACK AGAIN l
Wie arrived at Lyttelton on February 19th, and spent
three days the1'e taking on supplies, passengers and mail
for the return trip to the ice. At last all was in readiness
and we pointed the bow south once more.
There was one stop along the way this time, at a tiny
New Zealand weather outpost on Campbell Island to
deliver mail and some supplies. The voyage down was
rough once more. and added to the seas there was thick
fog to hamper our movements. But navigating by feel
and sixth sense, we managed to reach our destination at
McMurdo Sound on the 2nd of March.
All the ice had departed for parts unknown, but the
thermometer had dropped below zero and an icy wind
blew down the slopes we unloaded our mail and
provisions. Passengers were embarked, and then the
toughest task of all came: to move two YOC's around
Hut Pt. to the lee side.
W'hat could have been a simple towing job was compli-
cated enormously by the freezing weather, the shallow
bottom and the huge amount of ice still frozen to the
YOG's. YVhen it was found that the LCVP and Green-
land cruiser could not accomplish the movement, the
icebreaker had to go in close to the treacherous beach
to take the first YOG in tow. It was slow frigid work,
but finally the YOG was safely around to the other
side. But now the seas and wind increased, and opera-
tions had to be suspended for the day. As night came
on, the anchored STATEN ISLAND was in danger of
broaching, and, with a deadline to meet back at Lyttel-
ton, she was forced to leave McMurdo and head for
Two views of Campbell Island tbelovvi and offloading
operations by LCVP at McMurdo during below zero
MOVING THE YOG around Hut Point Itop right and bee
Iowj was an exciting and difficult task, requiring the Ut-
most in seamanship and patience
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the effect of heavy spray and freezing teniperatcires.
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The Honorable F. H. RUSSELL, United States Ambassador
to New Zealand is welcomed aboard the STATEN ISLAND
bythe captain with full honors.
NEW ZEALAND, HERE WE COME
ST ATEN ISLAND arrived at Hallett on 5 March, only XVellington was perhaps the most pleasant liberty pOff
encountered on this cruise. It is a most cosmopolitan
city, quaint and modern at the same time, and altogether
to find that the LCVP landings were clogged with ice
and inaccessible. lt was necessary to offload cargo bv
helicopter using cargo slings, but the men were in a
hurry to leave the Antarctic and we were finished and
off the same day.
New pancake ice was forming fast as we headed north,
and we knew that in a few weeks that part of the Ant-
arctic would begin to seal itself off for another winter.
The voyage to Lyttelton was rough as usual, and the fog
hung low for several days. But we were heading home--
eventually-and it didn't seem to matter as much.
VVe arrived at Lyttelton on March 11th and spent the
next few days there, taking in the sights of nearby
Christchurch. Scheduled to return to New Plymouth, we
were informed that they had no berth available for us
after we had already gotten underway, so a neat diver-
sion was made to the capital city of Wellington.
enjoyable. It was here too that the American AmbaS-
sador to New Zealand paid a visit to STATEN ISLAND
lust prior to departing Wfellington, the American EIU-
bassy got wind of an urgent situation developing fm
Niue Island, a tiny isolated New Zealand dept-3I1d811CY
in the South Pacific. It seems the islanders had been
struck by a brutal hurricane some time earlier, and
beside doing a great deal of damage, the storm hilt-l
depleted the food supply to an emergency level-
Niue had no airstrip and the next ship was not chile ill
for some time. So the services of STATEN
were volunteered to transport some much
meat to the island on her way home. A L
Above: A stranger in town!
at her berth in Wellingtorfs rurbov P
Center: The STATEN ISLAND ll ssengers ot W r 5,
loading a truckload of corneal mutton rd rt
for the Niue Islanders.
Bottom right: Under the watchful eye of Boatswaun s Mate
UTAH HAMILTON the New Zealand delncacles are brought
aboard for further transfer to the strscken Island
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This proved to be a most diverting stopover, which
broke up the long cruise to the States very opportunely.
The natives and New Zealand commissioners were un-
doubtedly gratified to welcome the sailors of the mercy
icebreaker, and much entertainment was provided. The
boys and girls of the island put on dancing exhibitions,
ending with an invitation for the sailors to dance with
Niuean maidens which was accepted in fine spirit-and
resulted in the most fantastic combination of hula, fox
trot and rock-and-roll.
Finally we were off once more, and this time-at long
last-our destination was actually the continental United
Bottom, left and right: The landing party, like the emer-
gency supplies was carried ashore by the versatile lighter.
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States. San Diego looked awfully good as we entered
the harbor April 7th to oitload our helicopters. Com-
mander Service Squadron Une, CAPTAIN B. M. DOD-
SON, USN, came aboard at Ballant Point to ride STAT-
EN ISLAND into North Island-and offer his congratu-
lations on a job well done.
After a short stay, we began the last leg of our journey,
running into heavy seas off Northern California and
Oregon, which delayed our arrival in Seattle until April
1-ith. But what a happy day that was as the icebreaker
rounded XVest Point and stood into Pier 91.
The biggest thrill for the Niue Islanders was watching
and, tor the lucky ones, riding in the "big iron birds."
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and an example of their handiwork.
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XVives and sweethearts lined the pier, and a Navy hand
broke into the familiar strains. Reporters and camera-
men swarmed aboard as the hrow went over: the return
of the icehreaker was big news. Men saw small children
they had never seen hefore, hrought into the world
during the five and one-half months we had heen away.
It was a reunion en masse, and if felt very good.
And as the general pandemoninm suhsided. we were
Top center: Pier 91, band, rain and all to welcome Us
back to Seattle.
Bottom: Everyone was there to greet us Cbottom leftl
almle to draw up a final balance sheet on our accomplish-
ments. It was indeed a favorable one. Many thousands
of miles away, we had encountered our special ene-
mies-ice, hitter weather, uncertain seas-and we had
emerged victorious. XVe were still strong and very much
in commission. XVe had completed all missions assigned
in the face of very special difficulties. XVe had, indeed.
kept our rendezvous with Antarctica.
CO of the Naval Station, Cbottorn rightj COM SERVRON
ONE and tcenterl another new girl for UTAH HAMILTON
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A. B. DACUT, SD2 L. UNDERWOOD, JR., SK3
R. L. SKELTON, SHI R. P. GOGUE, SD3
T. J. OVERALL, SDCA J. R. DAVIS, CS3
A. J. CASTLEBERRY, CSC E. R. FOSTER, SK3
T. L. REVIS, CSI L. K. MARTINEZ, SH3
F. R. FERNANDEZ, SH2 L. LAROCQUE, DKSN
L. C. VOGTSBERGER, SN
J. G. RENTERIA, SN
D. C. ACIERTO, TN
J. A. QUINATA, SN
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LTJG E. PHELPS
D. D. GILLEN, JR., SN
R. v. AURELIO, TN A. c. GUIDRY, SN
w. B. TURNER, TN F. o. ANDERSON, sica
Q, '... I D. A. HOWELL, SN R. L. MELGAARD, csz
K. R. LOVE, SN
J. B. LANUZGA, TN
C. W. PRESCOTT, SN
C. C. BALAN, TN
R. G. RUIZ, TN
D. G. MOYEDA, SN
J. L. JIMMERSON, SN
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J. F. SAMPSON, BM2 A. L. LAHUE, BM3 G. R. WHOLK, SN B. H. VINSON, SN
W. C. MONROE, BMT L. F. JETER, SN J. W. THAMES, SN R. D. POWELL, JR., SN
J. E. DALRYMPLE, GMC R. A. WAINWRIGHT, SN G. L. VARNUM, SN F. J. NICOLO, SN
L. J. HENDERSON, FT1 R. COOK, SN R. W. LOEFFLER, SN R. l. BINDER, SN
R. W. WASSON, GM2 J. E. LEONARD, SN H. K. OBERG, SN A. F. MCCRACKIN, SN
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T. E. BLAISDELL, SN R. G. STEWART, SN BLECHSCHMIDT, SN
J. P. BIGLEY, SN S. E. REIDBURN, FTASN SEIDLING, SN D
G. B. RODGERS, SN A R. ANDERSON, SN LOOMIS, SN Q A .
D. A. SCHUERGER, SN W. C. SPATH, FTASN LTJG J. L. REIFSCHNEIDER,
.T L Emo. HARVEY, SN D. D. sHiveLY, SA
R. A. SUDLOW, SN
C. L. RENCH, BM2
CHBOSN H. J. SCHARER
U. C. HAMILTON, BMc
J. A. YUNGER, BM2
R. A. LONGDYKE, SN
Second Row Third Row
F. A. MOONEY, SN L. F. LINGO, JR., SN
E. O. SAULS, SN E. A. KEBODEAUX, SN
L. T. PUGESEK, SN G. L. WHITE, SN
T. M. OLSEN, SN J. E. MONSON, SN
R. F. FEGURGUR, SN L. G. SMITH, SN
L. M. HELPINGSTINE, SN R. O. WILLIAMS, SN
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W. ROBERTS, LTJG
E. SIRP, LTJG
L. MCKASKLE, LTJG
D. BERKEBILE, AMS2
J. DENNIE, ADR3
L. SNEED, ADI
R. TERRY, ADR3
L. SHUEY, ADRAN
D. Booiceii, AEI3
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J. M. DUNGCA, SN
O. E. REIFF, SN
E. W. HIGHLEY, BMI
P. MCCOOL, SN
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R. O. STYVE, ENI
T. H. FICKE, ENI
B. R. WEEKS, EN2
D. E. WARREN, EN2
J. N. DUNHAM, EN2
C. R. MOORE, SFM2
K. R. MARKS, MR2
LTJG D. A. REEDY
w. K. TALFION, occ
W. H. BRELAND, DC3
D. H. BAUMGART, FP3
A. C. CHRISTENSEN, BT3
J. L. WILKERSON, EN3
G. E. GEIST, EN3
J. T. CAMPBELL, FN
R. L. HARDY, ENFN
D. G. FLATLAND, EN3
R. L. DANIELS, FN
L. E. LAMBETH, FN
G. E. HANSON, EN3
H. T. POOL, EN3
R. F. COLE, FN
D. E. RESMONDO, EN3
K. R. HARRIS, FN
J. D. ROBERTSON, FN
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W. R. WILLETT, EN3 R. J. WALDRON, BTFN
J. D. HALL, EN3 M. L. JOHNSON, FN
E. R. KAINO, SFP3 C. F. BRAXLEY, JR., FN
R. HARRIS, JR., EN3
NELSON, SFPFN M. E. MOCK, EN3
R. K. STEELE, FN J. J. BUCHHEIT FN
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R. KRELS, FN
J. s. NEARY, FN
L. G. HENKEL, FN
R. E. WALJGH, FN
R. s. JAMES, FN
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R. R. LOWES, FN
F. R. oosas, FN
w. H. GREENWELL,.FN
R. W. BACON, FN
R. W. SANDS, FN
D. L. Boi-LANNoN..FN
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T. S. OVERBY, EMC W. E. HOUK, ICI
T. L. ORMSBY, EMI J. F. ESTES, IC2
R. O. ENFINGER, EM2
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LTJG J. C. FREUND J. E. CLARK, ETN2 W. D. RUMMELL, RM3 J. R. POWE
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LTJG J: W. TAYLOR D. S. GREEN, QMC R. L. KLOBERDANZ, PN3 S. W. HON
LTJG N. L. PEACOCK S. L. WOOTEN, SMC D. C. BJORSON, SN R. E. BLUNI
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R. Z. DUVAL, SM2 J. P. MOYA, RMSN C. H. MUN
R. J. MARTIN, QM3 B. J. MYERS, ET3 J. R. DAVIS
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