National Geographic : 1962 Apr
Antarctic Hero Scott Stands in Stone at Christchurch England's Robert Falcon Scott and four companions reached the South Pole only five weeks after its discovery in Decem ber, 1911, by Norway's Roald Amundsen. Fighting blizzards and -40° F. cold, Scott and his men perished on the way out. Scott's statue, executed by his wife, stands beside the tree-lined Avon River. Antarctica calling! From Christchurch, personnel of the United States Navy's Operation Deep Freeze confer daily with their colleagues in Antarctica. Radio per mits communication with picket ships, aircraft, and stations. Staging base for all Navy men going to and from the polar continent, Christ church bustles with activity each Janu ary-midsummer in the frozen wastes where the bases are situated. Speaking into the microphone, Comdr. H. K. Butcher asks McMurdo Sound, 2,000 miles distant, about conditions on the ice. Lt. Louis Bruyneel, who has just been flown back to Christchurch, wears the beard he grew in Antarctica. Other officers wait their turn to talk.