Request from Howard Thompson – for new name for NERC/BAS new ship
“Winker” suggested that I should contact you regarding the naming of BAS’ new ship,with a view to organising a campaign to have it named for Charles Swithinbank.The NERC website for naming the ship closes on 16th.April.
Charles devoted his whole life to the Antarctic,starting in 1948 as Junior Glaciologist with the N-B-S expedition.He fought long and hard for BAS to protect our independence from empire building politicians and the Treasury. But for him,we would probably be flying Skyvans instead of Tw’Otters!
I was infuriated that he was only awarded an MBE ,he could have made a great contribution to the House of Lords! Naming the ship for him would be a fitting tribute.Finally,he was ,like us,a FID!
All the best,