I spent some more time today going through the shoebox full of photos and negatives from the Alumni Association’s 2002 Antarctic trip that I hosted, and scanning some of the ones that seemed to be keepers. I’ve included a handful here.
I should also mention that my friends Elaine and Jim Keller—I met them on that Penn State trip and have been friends with them ever since—corrected me on something I said in yesterday’s post. I remember our ship, the Marco Polo, as being a retired Soviet icebreaker, but Elaine and Jim said no, it was a cruise ship that just had some icebreaking capabilities. A check of Wikipedia shows that they’re right: It was built as an ocean liner for a Soviet shipping company in the 1960s (I knew the Russians were involved somehow!) and was called the Aleksandr Pushkin back then. It has changed hands a few times; at the time of our cruise in 2002, it was operated by the Orient Lines.
The ship we’ll be using next January, by the way, is a big upgrade from the Marco Polo: We’ll be on Le Boreál, a five-star luxury cruise ship.
Anyway, below are some more photos from that trip back in 2002—all scanned from Kodacolor negatives.
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