Belgium's second Antarctic expedition, the members of which will relieve those of the first expedition (who set out from Belgium on 12th November, 1957), left Ostend in the Norwegian ship "Polarhav" for the Antarctic on 15th November.
Roll 1: General views of the "Polarhav".
Close shot of sledge-dogs.
Mr Blaiklock, who is in charge of topographical work and of the dogs.
View of the crowd.
Frozen meat is brought aboard.
Loading of the ship.
Shots of the sledge dogs.
Dried fish is brought aboard for the dogs.
Roll 11: Shots of Captain Bastin receiving flowers.
Member of the expedition kissing his wife and child good bye
another member with child on his shoulders.
A naval band.
Members of the expedition on deck.
Views of the crowd.
General view of the ship.
Cameraman's note: "It was not possible to film the actual departure of the ship as this took place three hours after the scheduled time. It was already dark when we left".
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Background: Belgium's second Antarctic expedition, the members of which will relieve those of the first expedition (who set out from Belgium on 12th November, 1957), left Ostend in the Norwegian ship "Polarhav" for the Antarctic on 15th November.
Led by Capt. Francois Bastin, head of the meteorological branch of the Belgian Air Force, this 2nd expedition hopes to reach the ice barrier on 26th December. It is to be met in Leopold III Bay by American and Russian icebreakers. If the ice should be too thick for these ships to open 1 channel for the "Polarhav" the members of the expedition will be flown to their base by helicopter.
The expedition took with them five Snocat vehicles and a number of sledge dogs.
The expedition has an extensive programme of scientific research to fulfil; will make two survey journeys into the interior of the Antarctic Continent; and is due to leave Antarctica on its return to Belgium in January, 1960 (by which time it will have been relieved by a third Belgian expedition).