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Antarctic snow is removed by the Royal Navy from the world’s most remote post office

Antarctic snow is removed by the Royal Navy from the world’s most remote post office

Antarctic snow is removed by the Royal Navy from the world’s most remote post office

Antarctic snow is removed by the Royal Navy

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  • Four British women who were working at a remote scientific facility in Antarctica when its structures were covered in a foot of snow have received assistance from the Royal Navy.
  • The broken roof of Bransfield Hut, which houses the world’s most remote post office, a museum, and a gift store, was repaired.
  • In order to run the base and live on the island alongside a Gentoo penguin colony, the women outcompeted 6,000 applications.
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Four British women who were working at a remote scientific facility in Antarctica when its structures were covered in a foot of snow have received assistance from the Royal Navy.

The Port Lockroy location was dug out over the course of two days by sailors and royal marines from HMS Protector.

The broken roof of Bransfield Hut, which houses the world’s most remote post office, a museum, and a gift store, was repaired.

In order to run the base and live on the island alongside a Gentoo penguin colony, the women outcompeted 6,000 applications.

After the coronavirus pandemic, the task of reopening the site 9,000 miles from the UK was accepted by Clare Ballantyne, Mairi Hilton, Natalie Corbett, and Lucy Bruzzone.

They were preparing for the austral summer, which occurs between November and February in the southern hemisphere, with help from three other employees who will soon depart, when significant snowfall of between two and four metres (6-12 feet) deep occurred.

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Several tonnes of snow was moved by the HMS Protector team, and they also made temporary repairs.

Engineers claim that in order to stabilize the structure, they used standard naval ship damage control techniques, including wooden stakes and blocks.

The ice patrol ship makes routine deliveries of supplies and supports international bases like Port Lockroy’s scientific research on the frozen continent.

The rescue team member Warrant Officer First Class Lee “Rattler” Morgan expressed his surprise at “the sheer amount of snow,” noting that the buildings “had all but disappeared.”

“Stepping ashore to assist on the ground is beneficial for the ship’s company. The sailors were excited to begin such a noble endeavor and were grinning from ear to ear.”

The personnel may now resume their five-month assignment at Port Lockroy, a historic whaling station that is now a summertime destination for 20,000 tourists.

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The four have given up wi-fi, running water, a flushing toilet, and the ability to talk to their loved ones for longer than 10 minutes every week while they are at the location.

The four, however, admitted they could not resist the chance to work on the island when pressed about forgoing personal comforts.

Ms. Corbett, who was in charge of managing the museum’s gift shop, had just gotten married when she took on the position.

The Hampshire resident, 31, referred to the journey as a “solo honeymoon.”

Who wouldn’t want to work for five months in one of the world’s most remote locations on a penguin-filled island? she asked.

The earth science master’s degree that Ms. Ballantyne, a native of Lincolnshire, had just earned at Oxford University.

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During her tenure with the company, the 23-year-old will deal with about 80,000 cards that are sent annually from the location to more than 100 nations.

Ms. Hilton, a conservation scientist from Bo’ness, Scotland, close to Falkirk, is in charge of keeping track of how many Gentoo penguins are present in the bay.

Ms. Bruzzone, a Londoner who served as the chief scientist on an Arctic expedition for three months in Svalbard, is in charge of running the base, leading the team, and organizing all ship visits to the island.

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