Oral history of British science
Evans, Stan (Part 4 of 12). An Oral History of British Science.
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Evans, Stanley, 1929- (speaker, male)
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Part 4: Comments on Norwegian sealing ship ‘Tottan’ commissioned by RSAE; Captain Lief Jakobsen; First Mate. [2:57] Mentions three-weeks training for RSAE; meteorologist James Paton [JP], University of Edinburgh regarding ASAC. Description of ASAC, including method of protection from drifting snow. [8:41] Comments on RSAE’s aim to establish research station ≥75 degrees latitude south, Weddell Sea [WS]. [9:06] Comments on history of GD’s study of ozone. Description of operation of DS; GD’s laboratory at home, [Watch Hill, Shotover], Oxford. Mentions construction of DSs by ‘Beck’ company. Mentions John Houghton [JH]; Sir Charles Norman [CN]; Sir [Gerald] Lenox-Conyngham. Comments on instruction from GD/CN in use of DS. Mentions role of Crown Agents, Millbank, London; departure of RSAE from Southampton docks. [18:29] Comments on members of RSAE: Surgeon Commander David Dalgliesh [DD] (leader), David Limbert (meteorologist), Gus Watson [GW] (second in command/Army Major). [20:00] Comments on conduct of GW. Mentions DD’s appointment of George Lush [GL]. [21:35] Comments on GL (Royal Navy warrant officer/bosun); Johnny Raymond (carpenter); Douglas Prior (carpenter). Comments on previous Antarctic experience of RSAE members: DD, JR, Ken Powell [KP], Charles Le Feuvre (Army morse-code/radio operator). Mentions RSAE member, Robin Dalgliesh [RD] (DD’s brother/Army Captain). [25:22] Comments on own sense of trust in DD’s leadership. [26:11] Comments on GL. Mentions own first use in Antarctica of DS/ASAC, August 1956. [27:10] Story of voyage from Southampton to Antarctica, 1955/1956, including comments on personnel/whaling stations/grave of ES, South Georgia [SG]. Stories of expeditions of ES. [34:42] Continued story of voyage, through WS, including comments on progress through WS of roughly simultaneous Trans-Antarctic Expedition [TAE], led by Vivian Fuchs [VF], in ‘Theron’. [37:14] Description of constitution of Antarctic coastline, including shelf ice and ice cliffs. Story of unloading at coast. Comments on unloading of TAE. Mentions recently published account of TAE. [42:16] Comments on success of RSAE in carrying out RS instructions, including establishment of research station.
Life story interview with Physicist Dr Stan Evans.