Antarctic in dry dock

Antarctic in dry dock

This picture, taken by Roald Bjorndal in dry dock in Cape Town, shows the damage to the rudder and propeller after Antarctic (II) were frozen inside the ice and had to try to break out. The captain's lack of experience in ice and under a little too fierce backing to take headway so narrow stern to the Antarctic into the ice and destroyed helm. The propeller smallt into the bent tube and loses one blade and bent the other. The rudder loosened eventually completely and sank to the bottom of the Antarctic. The fact that Antarctic had only one propeller made Antractic sat helplessly stuck.
Meanwhile lay Pelagos so that they could come to the rescue, but to help Antarctic meant to delay the ship and the crew of real danger. They could suffer the same fate as the Antarctic and the captain let it therefore be up to the crew to decide whether they should go in to try to get her away. No stemmte contrary, and prospered to tow Antarctic safety. The tow was on 3000 nautical miles, until Cape Town, for repairs. This rescue operation has been standing as a shining example of excellent seamanship.
Year:1946
Photo: Roald Bjorndal