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A silent document of the Deep Freeze Operation of 1959. Intertitle explains the Antarctic expedition’s current position, on a ship 669 miles from the South Pole. The two ships push through the ice. A panning shot of Mount Erebus. Transport boats are lowered into the sea. A sleigh from Ernest Shackleton’s expedition. Shackleton’s hut and camp at Cape Royds. Scenes around the camp. The sun at midnight. The expedition moves on to Cape Evans and Robert Scott’s camp. A petrified dog and seal skeletons. McMurdo Camp. Digging a hole in the ice in order to anchor the icebreaker, Arneb. Unloading equipment and transporting it across the pack ice. Huskies at play. The wooden cross erected in honour of Scott and his ill fated party. Orcas in the bay. The ship leaves for New Zealand. Sailing past massive icebergs. Arrival at Lyttelton harbour.

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Year 1959

Reference number F22286

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Duration 0:17:45

Viewing locations Digital file available to view at medialibrary, Wellington

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