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Old 11-01-2016, 12:39 AM
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Default Trans Antartic Expedition

I am taking Lyndon's idea regarding Rock and Roll and expanding it to open a thread about the 1957-58 Trans Antarctic Expedition (TAE). Those who attended the first Cat's Meow were able to witness Rock and Roll, one of four Tucker Sno-Cats. It was driven by Sir Vivian Fuchs, the organizer and leader of the expedition which made the first crossing of Antarctica.

This photo is of Sno-Cats Able and County of Kent extricating Rock and roll from one of the many snow bridge collapses. Able was driven by David Pratt and Kent by Roy Homard
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Here are a couple more TAE photos. The black and white is loading Rock and Roll on board for the trip home after the crossing. Crevasse collapse was a common problem. Photos curtesy of Peter Fuchs.
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I like to ride in a snow track but don't think I would like to ride on top of it onto a ship.... that could be pushing it a bit..
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1955-1958: The Trans-Antarctic Expedition

The Trans-Antarctic Expedition, led by Sir Vivian Fuchs and supported by Sir Edmund Hillary.
The portraits of the Explorers.

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More photos
The Massey Ferguson Tractor TAE 20
The damaged rear side, probably from the crevasse Fields

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Thanks for the photos nikos. Do you know what flag is on Sno-Cat door code "C"? It was driven by Geoffrey Pratt, a geophysicist with British Petroleum Company. Perhaps the flag had some relation to him or PBC. Sno-Cat door code "A" was driven by David Pratt (no relation) flew the Royal Air Force flag. He was a member of the RAF. The Sno-Cat with no door code is the only one with side windows was driven by Roy Homard, (in your photo above) note the grease on trousers, he and David Pratt were the two engineers who took care of all the mechanical problems including figuring out how to remove vehicles from crevasses. Sno-Cat door code "B" was driven by Sir Vivian Fuchs, TAE leader. This photo shows David Pratt with his Sno-Cat, Able and RAF flag.
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The picture of (haywire) door code "C" was taken in London after the TAE was completed and then it toured the country with members of the TAE team giving talks and explaining what happened during the crossing. The flag on haywire in this picture is an orange coloured windsock with the BP logo on it.

The attached B&W photos were taken in Northern Norway during the late springtime of 1956. The three new 743 Sno-Cats together with the “Crossing Team” spent some time in Norway for training and for BP to test some of their fuels and lubricants in Antarctic like conditions. The performance of oil and grease in extreme sub-zero temperatures and fuel consumption at altitude was assessed and when the TAE team returned to England, modifications where carried out on the vehicles and calculations made on the supplies, spares etc. for the expedition to cross Antarctica. Name:  Windsock.jpg
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That's one hell of a first post!
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The Stories (all the guest of information) Behind the STORY.

...to be continued

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lack of spreader bars caused damage .they must have been hard to use.
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lack of spreader bars caused damage .they must have been hard to use.


what do you mean by this . can you please explain ?
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On the way south they used spreader bars to keep the hoisting straps from making contact with the sides of the Sno-Cat's. Once the job was done, they didn't care how they got lifted. They just hooked on to the lift points & moved them. Every one of them have strap damage from the return trip. Though some have been recently repaired.
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Here is the story of County of Kent's last trip http://bobmckerrow.blogspot.com/2010...e-died-in.html As noted above by Mr. Net, the Tucker pictured in this article is Able.

Here is what County of Kent looked like after Lt. Couzens dropped her into the 100' crevasse.

Second photo is how she looked when she arrived in Antarctica in Jan 1956. This crate was home to eight who were left to build the winter over building for the crossing party which came down the following year. Note the PTO winch mounted at he rear of the cat, visible in both photos.
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Thanks Ms. Princess for opening the photo for me. For good reading see Eight men in a crate.
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lack of spreader bars caused damage .they must have been hard to use.

The lifting loops at four places on the Tuckers were welded on at the end of the trip for lifting the cats onto the ship for the trip home. All the cats had the same crushing to the air ducts on the front side panels after the crossing. The spreaders helped some, mostly in the back.
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