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British explorer’s skis to be returned to Antarctic

A pair of wooden skis used by explorer Edward Atkinson is set to return to the Antarctic expedition base at Cape Evans, Ross Island.

The wooden skis, etched with Atkinson’s initials (ELA), were retrieved from a pile of abandoned equipment at Scott’s Cape Evans hut in 1948 by U.S. Navy helicopter pilot Lloyd Tracy, who had served aboard the USS Edisto. The ship was part of Operation Windmill, the U.S. Navy’s second post-World War II expedition to the Antarctic.

Tracy’s son, Dick Tracy, donated the skis to the Antarctic Heritage Trust, which is based in Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city and a major gateway to the Antarctic for more than a century.

“It is with great joy that after many years these will be returned to Cape Evans from where dad recovered them,” Dick Tracy said in a press release from the Antarctic Heritage Trust.

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Story: Peter Rejcek, Antarctic Sun | Photo: Herbert Ponting, Peter Rejcek, NZAHT

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