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US expedition ship for the Antarctic. Observe the aircraft on deck. More here:

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[COLOR="Blue"]Looking at comparable sizes, the length of the aircraft is roughly a quarter of that of the vessel, making neither of any great size.

Before you say anything, [COLOR="Navy"]Gijsha[/COLOR], I should have read your 'link' before commenting, shouldn't I, as I'm sure all is revealed therein?[/COLOR]

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Ship Type : Fishing Vessel.
Dim : Loa x Beam - 41.34 x 8.9 mtr.
Built in 1919 by Bolsønes Skipsbyggeri & Mekaniske Verksted A/S Molde Norway as " FANEFJORD " for Fanefjords Rederi A/S( Edv. Christensen Rederi A/S Molde as manager ) Molde Norway.

Tonnage : grt / nrt / tdw - 402 / 275 / 525.
Main Engine : Bolinder 320 bhp.

1923 Sold to Roalds Sønner A/S Ålesund Norway.
1926 Sold to Johs.Paulsen Rederi A/S Ålesund Norway.
1927 A/S M/S Fanefjord ( Harald Paulsen Ålesund) Ålesund do
1930: New engine, 310 bhp, 4-cyl. Bolinder.
1933: Bought by Wyatt Earp A/S Ltd., Aksel Holm Aalesund Norway,renamed " WYATT EARP " Ice-skin fitted.
1933-1939: Used by Lincoln Ellsworth, American explorer, on several Antarctic expeditions.
1939: Sold to Commonwealth of Australia, NSW, and named changed to 'WONGALA ".
1940/45 Following WWII the vessel serviced as a training ship for NSW Sea Scouts.
1947: Rebuilt and modernized, renamed " WYATT EARP ". Survey expeditions to Heard and Macguarie Islands.
1948: Sold to Argo Shippping Co., St.Helen, Tasmania Australia,renamed " WONGALA ". Freighter.
1952: New engine fitted. 450 bhp 8-cyl. Crossley diesel.
1953: Sold to W.E. Tucker, Sydney Australia. Freighter.
1956: Sold to Ulvestone Shipping PTY Ltd (F.H.Stehen Sydney as manager) Sydney Austalia,renamed " NATONE ". Freighter.
1958: Sold to Sydney Ulvestone Sh.Pty(Same manager)Port Moresby New Guinea.
1959: On the night of January 23-24 ran aground and totally wrecked in a storm near Mudjawrevene (Double Isl. Point), 18nm N. of Brisbane, Queensland. All crew of 18 were rescued.

Together with the dawn of aerial exploration in the polar regions came a proliferation of expeditions and sojourns, many of which became "firsts" for this new method of discovery. Ellsworth's initial exposure to polar adventures began on May 21, 1925, when he, Roald Amundsen and four other men set out in two Dornier flying boats, the N-24 and N-25, on a mission to be the first to fly to the North Pole.

Hubert Wilkins was dispatched to Norway to purchase a strong wooden fishing vessel which would be used as the expedition ship. A 400-ton herring vessel, named the FANEFJORD, was subsequently purchased, refitted and renamed the WYATT EARP, after the famous frontier marshal whom Ellsworth admired.
Ellsworth's plane, named the POLAR STAR, was built by the Northrop Corporation of Inglewood, CA USA. The all-metal, low-winged monoplane was propelled by a 600 hp Wasp engine which gave her a top speed of 230 miles per hour. The plane was equipped with wing flaps which reduced landing speed to 42 mph. With a full load of gas she had a range of 7000 miles.


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