We only recently heard of the death of BAS Club member Allan MacArthur, who wintered on South Georgia as a Meteorologist in 1951 and at the Argentine Islands in 1952. Allan died on November 30th, 2016.
BAS received a call on Wednesday from Mrs Pimm-Smith who wanted to let everyone know that her husband, Brian, had passed away 2 weeks ago. Brian was a Club Member and wintered at Adelaide Islands as a meteorologist in 1964.
Al Wearden passed on the news that club member Neil Aikenhead has died. Neil wintered at Hope Bay 1960/61 as a geologist. Al will pass funeral details when known.
An international team of researchers, led by British Antarctic Survey (BAS), travels to the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia this month (January) to carry out the first scientific whale survey since whaling stopped in the 1970s. The G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Working Group workshop took place in London on 12-13 December, and was attended by Government officials, funding agencies as well as marine scientists and specialists from across the G7. RRS James Cook spends Christmas on the Mid-Atlantic ridge and more….
We are passing on the notification that we recently received of the death of Gordon Howkins last autumn. His wife also passed away around the same time.
According to our records Gordon was at Deception Island as Met Man in 1944 as part of Operation Taberin. Gordon had an inlet named after him.
‘I have to pass on the sad news of the Death of Paul Farmer who passed away late on Christmas Eve after he lost his battle with Cancer. The end was very quick as the week before he had been skiing out in Chamonix & thought he had at least another year to live. I was with him & his wife in the hours before he died & he did not suffer’
Elizabeth Macnee wrote to say: ‘Sadly I have to announce that my husband Ian died 12th December at home. He served 1964-66.’
Cartographers surveying Antarctica have discovered Mt Hope is the tallest mountain in the British Antarctic Territory (BAT) at 3,239 m (10,654 ft) above sea level. Until now, maps showed Mt Jackson as the tallest mountain in the territory at 3,184 m (10,444 ft). New satellite data reveals this isn’t the case, with Mt Hope being 55 m taller than Mt Jackson and 377 m higher than previously thought.
Dog Holden will be visiting Kenn Back early in the New Year. Any messages for Kenn Back could be sent to Dog to pass during his visit.
Update on club events list, request for talk at Peterborough Probus, house sitting, news from NOC and more…