The Signpost

by

Andy Smith


According to Jim Chalmers [7 May 2003] the signpost at Halley was made by Dave French in (he thinks) 1968, shortly after the IGY base was closed and during the first winter that the met dept was housed at the village [i.e. Halley-2]. Dave French comments that it is probably the only item to be moved from Halley II to each subsequent version and is now at Halley VI. It appears on the 1972 base photo. A better picture is Chris Johnson's, taken in 1979. It also featured on the Base Photos of 1987, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Other pictures were taken in 1994, 2001 and 2002. In 1982 the sign was refurbished and converted from miles to kilometres. Interestingly, the base photo for the "Black Gang" that wintered at Halley V in 1990, features a black signpost (with white lettering), topped by a penguin!

Halley Signpost
From the September 2001 Halley Diary

In February 2003, the following appeared on the sign:-

In the circle at the top:

Halley, Antarctica 76°S 27°W

Below, in order from the top:


London14255
Oslo15254

Capetown5198
Neumayer807

Sanae977
Everest13604

Syowa2217
Mawson2928

Singapore11129
Mirny3368

Vostok2650
Tokyo15545

South Pole1602
McMurdo2932

Wellington6918
Druzhnaya413

Belgrano548
Siple1511

Rothera1652
Faraday1755

Palmer1794
Arctowski1911

Signy1971
Stanley2983

Mobster Creek14
Grytviken2403

14 Aug 2020


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