The Belgian Antarctic Expedition is on its way to the Antarctic at last : 25 days of sailing will be needed to reach the Cape, where they will stay 2 or 3 days to take in fresh food and fuel.
General view of the ships at the waterfront.
Prince de Ligne, who will pilot the helicopter, in conversation with the military Chaplain aboard the "Pelarhav".
Prince Jean of Luxemburg, saying good-bye to his brother in law, Prince de Ligne.
Commander de Gerlache (without hat) in conversation with friends.
Commander de Gerlache taking leave of his friends and kissing his family goodbye.
Prince de Ligne goes aboard with his child.
The kennels with the dogs, aboard the "Polarsirkel".
The Representative of the King, General Dinjart, is introduced to the crews by Commander de Gerlache.
The crews going aboard.
The two ships leaving the harbour of Antwerp.
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Background: The Belgian Antarctic Expedition is on its way to the Antarctic at last : 25 days of sailing will be needed to reach the Cape, where they will stay 2 or 3 days to take in fresh food and fuel.
The Expedition will leave the Cape around Dec. 10th. If everything goes well, they will reach the great Antarctic Ice Continent 15 days later.
It is to be emphasized that nobody ever debarked in this part of the Antarctic. But, the trip from the Cape to the Antarctic may as well take 1 month.
Nevertheless it is estimated that the expedition will reach its destination at the utmost around New Year. Then 2 weeks will be needed to unload the material. Around the end of January the 2 ships will start on their return trip, leaving the expedition to its terrible Winter season.
Only the "Polarhav" will come back in January 1959 for the 17 members of the expedition and their scientific material, the cars, the helicopter and the plane. The rest of the material will be left behind as there can be no question of taking apart the entire base.