1970/71 V4 details

General information



MS Nella Dan

©AAD, Copyright Commonwealth of Australia 1965
Catalogue id
Voyage 2
Law, Phillip Garth (Phil)


Voyage Leader

Eric Leslie Macklin

Deputy Voyage Leader

William Francis Young


Nella Dan left Fremantle with the second group of the Mawson party. After ollecting the physicist who had completed his summer project at Davis, Nella went at full speed to collect two helicopters from Mawson and proceed to Heard Island to rescue Ian Holmes who was stranded on the Gotley Glacier with a broken leg. Three members of the Heard Island summer party were taken on board, the ship moved round to the south coast and Holmes was rescued, Holmes returned with Nella Dan on her passage via Mawson to Melbourne. The Prince Charles Mountains party and their aircraft were taken on board on 28 Feb. During these operations the USCGS Staten Island came to within some thirty miles of Mawson, and an American Party flew into Mawson by helicopter to conduct an official inspection under the terms of Article VII of the Antarctic treaty. Staten Island, waiting for the return of the inspection team, struck an uncharted submerged rock and suffered fairly extensive damage, but was not disabled. Nella Dan remained within easy sailing distance of Staten Island for the major part of its voyage to Australia for repairs.

Voyage Reports

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Fremantle  2-Feb-1971  Davis  15-Feb-1971 
Davis  15-Feb-1971  Mawson  17-Feb-1971 
Mawson  17-Feb-1971  Heard Island  21-Feb-1971 
Heard Island  21-Feb-1971  Mawson  25-Feb-1971 
Mawson  3-Mar-1971  Melbourne  16-Mar-1971 

See also List of sitreps - not guaranteed to work as voyage naming conventions are not consistent.

See the 1970/71 Voyage Schedule for other voyages for this season.

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Voyage Data and Activities

Biological Collections

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Science Projects

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