• Short Summary

    Steaming home from the Antarctic with a damaged rudder, one screw with a missing blade and at the other with a bent shaft, the Japanese Antarctic research ship "Soya" docked in Table Bay, Capetown, yesterday, with a story of failure - but failure redeemed by high adventure and months of desperate struggle against desperate odds.

  • Description

    1.
    LS "Soya" berthed.


    2.
    CU Name "Soya".


    3.
    SCU Sea plane.


    4.
    SCU Sign "Geophysical Year" on rudder of plane.


    5.
    LS People up gangplank.


    6.
    SCU Husky dog.


    7.
    CU Newspaper cutting.


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    CU Newspaper photograph of huskies.


    9.
    CU Ditto photograph of huskies photograph - men manhandling sledge.


    10.
    SCU Crew members.


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    LS Huskies on dock.


    12.
    CU Crew member pets mother of huskies.


    13.
    SV Huskies.


    14.
    SV Husky on chain.


    15.
    LS Members of crew.




    Initials W.S./P.B.



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Steaming home from the Antarctic with a damaged rudder, one screw with a missing blade and at the other with a bent shaft, the Japanese Antarctic research ship "Soya" docked in Table Bay, Capetown, yesterday, with a story of failure - but failure redeemed by high adventure and months of desperate struggle against desperate odds. Trapped for 46 days in pack-ice, which sometimes reached a thickness of 20 feet, the "Soya" battered her way through within reach of the Japanese Antarctic base at Syowa, on the Prince Herlad Coast. There its crew successfully evacuated the 11-man scientific team which had wintered there, flying them out from an improvised snowfield airstrip in a small Beaver aircraft. But raging blizzards threatened to trap the ship in-exorably and scientists had to abandon plans for landing a relief party. Eventually the crippled "Soya" was forced to leave as the pack-ice closed in, abandoning the base and 15 sled dogs to the Antarctic winter.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4B5PD89XBKSC1SGN6MJ7JJ942
    Media URN:
    VLVA4B5PD89XBKSC1SGN6MJ7JJ942
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/03/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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