From Schenectady to Antarctica

uss bear

The USS Bear, the ship on which Anthony Wayne sailed to Antarctica.

This is great: a 95-year-old Schenectady man now has a landmark in Antarctica named after him. "Wayne Head" -- a rock headland on Horseshoe Island just off the Antarctic Peninsula -- has been named for Anthony Wayne. [Daily Gazette] [USGS]

Wayne was honored for his service during the United States Antarctic Service Expedition in 1939, Richard Byrd's third Antarctic expedition. Aboard two ships 125 men sailed to Antarctica to take surveys and build bases. Wayne served on the USS Bear, a steamship that had been built in 1874 to sail icy waters. The Bear is, according to a Coast Guard site, "probably the most famous ship in the history of the Coast Guard."

From a 2010 story by the Gazette's Sara Foss about Wayne and his trip to the Antarctic:

Wayne said he decided to go to Antarctica because it sounded like an exciting adventure.
"I thought, 'Who the hell goes there?'‚ÄČ" he said. "It was something new. I was never sorry I went, but I was glad I came back. ... I thought I'd never survive. It was all frozen ice. There was snow 20 feet high and icebergs all over." The scariest part of the trip occurred when the ship got stuck on the ice and the men had to wait several days for the ice to separate and a channel to open. ...
Wayne said Byrd selected him for his crew because he was in excellent physical shape and, as a native of upstate New York, accustomed to cold weather.

Wayne showed Foss film he shot during the trip -- and it's awesome. Seriously, go watch it on the Gazette site (it looks like it's not behind the paywall). It shows Byrd, the ship, icebergs, penguins, seals, whales, sled dog teams, and this huge vehicle that looks like something you might drive on the moon.

Anthony Wayne is now the last surviving member of the expedition. [Daily Gazette]

A map showing Wayne Head is embedded after the jump. It's a short 7646 miles from Schenectady.

photo via Wikipedia
distance via chemical-ecology.net calculator

Comments

That is a fabulous story.

So now there are (at least) two parts of Antarctica named after Capital Region residents.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Eights

@Akum: That guy sounds like a serious nerd. Thanks for sharing!

I hope they play this at the naming ceremony: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0wkHixS6iA

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

What's up in the neighborhood

Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: wildflowers, the luxury of carpet, Lincoln's funeral train, Rebecca Rhino, church... (more)

Upbeat on the Roof 2017

Free summer concert season approaches... The Upbeat on the Roof series is returning to The Tang Museum at Skidmore later this summer -- and on... (more)

Morning Blend

Lake George boat crash trial Jurors in the Alexander West trial on Tuesday heard from two women who testified they snorted cocaine on with West... (more)

The old observatory

Speaking of observatories... Albany had an observatory. In fact, the observatory still exists... just not in Albany. The Dudley Observatory was once located at different... (more)

Tracking trucks in Albany's South End

People in Albany's South End have long been calling for attention and resources to focus on air quality and other environmental health issues in the... (more)

Recent Comments

I feel that when people don't confront inappropriate behavior it sends a signal that it is tolerated. I often speak up in situations like these, depending on my reading of the situation. If we consider ourselves part of a community we all have a role to play in signaling what is and isn't appropriate behavior.

Drawing: Champagne on the Park 2017

...has 93 comments, most recently from kriskaten

How should we respond when someone is being clearly inappropriate in public?

...has 11 comments, most recently from ace

"People talk about the beer like it's got f------ unicorns in it."

...has 2 comments, most recently from ace

Pinkster at Crailo State Historic Site

...has 1 comment, most recently from Fionn

The old observatory

...has 3 comments, most recently from Sarah