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post #21 of 27 Old 06-17-2009
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Absolutely amazing Craig. Thankyou so much for sharing it with us.

Smacky, this buddy is what I would call a BFS....

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My now-dead father was in this part of the Antarctic whaling in 1947. I have the tooth of a sperm whale from his time there as a souvenir. In later years, he regretted his brief experience whaling, particularly the sheer volume of blood, flesh and the Dantesque environment of a factory ship, but I thank you for showing me landscapes he very likely saw with his own eyes many years before I was born.

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Those really are some spectacular shots and the narrative is fantastic.

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Craig, this is a wonderful piece of work and the photography is topnotch. I thank you for sharing this great adventure with us...very inspirational.

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Thanks - amazing photos.
You mentioned that the boat was built with the trip in mind - any details of it posted somewhere?
Yes, there is an "About Kiwi Roa" page on the same website, but unfortunately it's not yet finished; I didn't anticipate so much interest! Watch this space as they say, I'll let you know when it's done. I plan to expand it out with a more complete 'tour' of the boat, plus a bunch of construction history if I can find and rescue the old photos.

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My now-dead father was in this part of the Antarctic whaling in 1947. I have the tooth of a sperm whale from his time there as a souvenir. In later years, he regretted his brief experience whaling, particularly the sheer volume of blood, flesh and the Dantesque environment of a factory ship, but I thank you for showing me landscapes he very likely saw with his own eyes many years before I was born.
You're welcome. I'm sure he would have seen much the same things. Nothing has changed with some small exceptions to do with climate change. If whaling was bad, I can't imagine the conditions for the early sealers, slaughtering entire beaches full with fur seals, and living and working with 19th century boats and technology. With GPS, radar, and 80 HP c/o Cummins, we were frequently amazed at how it could be possible to handle a square-rigger with no power in that region! Remarkable.
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And I didn't have to pay!

The best things in life 'are' free. That was great. Thanks!

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Beyond Beautiful......

I always wanted to go to Antarctica. Your photos and descriptive narration only reinforce that. What a sense of adventure in doing it yourself instead of a "packaged" tour. I don't know if I could ever get my wife to do that with me.

You should think about submitting some of your work to NG, or other publication, as the pictures are truly breath taking.

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