Of 20 men comprising the 3rd. Belgian Antarctic expedition - under the leadership of Major?
Of 20 men comprising the 3rd. Belgian Antarctic expedition - under the leadership of Major Derom - only two have previous experience of the frozen southern continent. Aboard the Danish vessel 'Erika Dan' 18 of them sailed from Antwerp, Belgium, Nov.22, after farewell embraces and kisses from wives and children they will not see again for twelve months. They will relieve the 2nd Belgian expedition now in Antarctica led by Capt. Bastin.
The two experienced members - Van Autenboer and Blaiblock - are presently at the expedition's base-camp, 'Baudouin', in Antarctica. Blaiblock, a Briton, was on the Vivian Fuchs 1958 British Commonwealth Trans-Antarctica expedition.
Main objective of the expedition is the Sir Rondane Mountain range, 125 miles south of base-camp 'Baudouin'. Using two monoplanes, members will photograph and survey the area, including the Belgica Mountains discovered last year by Prince Antoine de Ligne, who was rescued by Russians when his expedition aircraft crashed during preliminary explorations.
In charge of the third expedition's medical supplies is a priest, Dom Colin, who celebrated Mass two hours before 'Erika Dan' set sail for the frozen south.