The Hemisphere: Polar Mission

In suburban Montreal last week mechanics were outfitting a sturdy plane for a special mission. The plane, a type designed for use in Canada's own North country, had been ordered by Sir Miles Clifford, governor of the Falkland Islands. It would stand by as part of the plan to rescue eleven men marooned on Stonington Island inside the Antarctic Circle.

One of several scientific teams operated by the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey, the men have been on Stonington since early 1947. Their supply ship, the John Biscoe, left them there—with 100 huskies and a...

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