Icebreaker with Equipment in Antarctica

ID: SIA2010-0657

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1947-1948

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-223, Box 1, Folder Photographs

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Aerial image of of either the USS Burton Island (AG-88) or the USS Edisto (AG-89), ships used for Operation Windmill. A helicopter and a plane can be seen on the deck of the ship. Operation Windmill (1947-1948) was an expedition established by the Chief of Naval Operations to train personnel, test equipment, and reaffirm American interests in Antarctica.


Operation Windmill


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Image located in Robert B. Klaverkamp's collection. Klaverkamp, an enlisted Naval Correspondent, participated in Operation Windmill. Malcolm Davis, zookeeper at the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park, was also on the expedition and was assigned to the Icebreaker USS Edisto (AG-89) with the express purpose of collecting penguins, other birds, and leopard seals.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-223, Box 1, Folder Photographs

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,



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  • Scientific expeditions
  • Airplanes
  • Research expeditions
  • Snow
  • Helicopters
  • Ice breaking operations
  • Ice
  • Icebreakers (Ships)
  • Aerial photographs
  • Helicopter




  • Photographic print
  • Exterior
  • Aerial

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Number of Images: 1 Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Aerial; Exterior; Medium: Photographic print

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