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Antarctic Voyage of HMAS Wyatt Earp, The

Law, P. G. (Phillip Garth), 1912-2010


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In the summer of 1947-48 Australia’s first Antarctic exploration since the Mawson voyages of 1929-31 was undertaken in a small, old, decrepit wooden ship. This was HMAS Wyatt Earp which had been reconditioned by the Royal Australian Navy for the journey, as a result of the Australian government’s initiative to consolidate its claim to Antarctic territory. The voyage was fraught with obstacles and hazards of all kinds, including a breakdown halfway to Antarctica, but, nevertheless, the expedition accomplished a running survey of the glaciated and little-known Balleny Islands, and called at Macquarie Island on the voyage back to Australia.

xi, 152 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm. #0521 (Closed tear to jacket edge.) First Edition.

Wyatt Earp (Ship)  |  Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions.  |  Scientific expeditions — Antarctica.  |  Australian Antarctic Territory (Antarctica) — Discovery and exploration.

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AuthorLaw, P. G. (Phillip Garth), 1912-2010
Number of pagesxi, 152 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm
PublisherSt Leonards, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin
Year Published1995
Binding Type

Hardcover in Dustjacket

Book Condition

Very Good. Edgewear to jacket.