In October 1963 the
RRS John Biscoe sailed from Southampton with 20 or so young men,
whose skills ranged from scientist to expert mountaineer, on a 9,500
mile voyage to re-supply and change the personnel at some of the
six permanent British Antarctic Survey Bases operational in the
Antarctic at that time.
In the 1960's approximately 100 members of BAS over-wintered in the
Antarctic each year, carrying out scientific and exploratory research.
Three ships were used to relieve the bases, providing supplies for
the following twelve months and collecting half the base personnel
who would be returning home after two years on the ice.
Entering Montevideo harbour
The main square
The first three weeks were
spent heading south through the Atlantic, passing close to the Azores
and the Cape Verde Islands and on to Montevideo in Uruguay, where
the ship was refuelled.
A few days shore leave and onwards south to Stanley in the Falkland
Islands, which at that time was the southern home of BAS and where
the base personnel were kitted out with all their Antarctic clothing
and needs for the following two years.
famous Stanley whalebones
This was also
to be the final farewell to the outside world for the next two years.
All photographs are scans from personally owned slides