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Interview of Clinton Davis by Dian O. Belanger

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Title: Interview of Clinton Davis by Dian O. Belanger
Creators: Davis, Clinton
Contributors: Belanger, Dian Olson, 1941-
Issue Date: 2009-04-23
Publisher: Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program
Series/Report no.: Antarctic Deep Freeze Oral History Project
Abstract: Clinton Davis was ordered to the new icebreaker Glacier a few weeks before its commissioning in May 1955, and he remained with the ship until 1963, its longest-serving crew member. He recalled the rolling ride in rough seas, the jolting percussion of icebreaking, the twenty-four-hour daylight, the heroes welcome in home-port Boston after the first season in Antarctica. On its maiden voyage, the Glacier towed YOG-34, an oiler intended for freezing in as a fuel farm. When lesser icebreakers failed, it broke a channel to permit building McMurdo at Hut Point. As a bosuns mate Davis had responsibility for the upkeep of the ship, exterior and interior. He acknowledged the racism of the time but rose above it with an easy-going nature while meaning what he said.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/36724
Other Identifiers: Record Group Number: 56.166
Rights: Restrictions: This item is not restricted.
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