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-
Subjects (LCSH): United States. Navy -- Ice breaking operations -- Interviews
Operation Deep Freeze
Oral history
Arctic regions -- Discovery and exploration -- Interviews
Polar regions -- Discovery and exploration -- Interviews
Antarctica -- Discovery and exploration -- Interviews
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.
Description: The Antarctic Deep Freeze oral history project was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and supported by the Antarctic Deep Freeze Association. The original paper copies and unaltered tapes have been deposited in the library of the National Science Foundation.
Other Identifiers: Record Group Number: 56.166
Rights: Restrictions: This item is not restricted.
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