National Geographic : 1959 Jul
KODACHROMESBY JAMES F. CALVERTAND (NEXT PAGE) R. T . ARNEST © N.G.S. Shore Leave Ended, Liberty Party Paddles Shipward from Station Alpha Summer sun, wind, and above-freezing temperatures combined to produce this large lake, or polynya, in Alpha's front yard-a perfect surfacing spot for Skate. Mooring to the edge of the ice, the crew inflated a rubber boat and took turns ashore. Twenty-four hours later the wind shifted. and the ice appeared to be closing in. Hur riedly pulling stakes and stowing lines, the sailors maneuvered Skate into the center of the narrowing polynya. One of the last boat trips saw 15 gallons of ice cream leave the sub in exchange for polar bear steaks. An outboard runabout speeds across the lake toward Skate. In the bow Maj. Joseph P. Bilotta, Alpha's military commander, calls a welcome on behalf of his visitor-starved camp. A few minutes earlier the sound of the boat's motor had guided Skate to the polynya. Alpha's Jamesway huts, radome, and radio towers dot the white plain.