"JAMES CLARK ROSS"

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The "James Clark Ross" is the main British Antarctic Survey vessel responsible for re-supply and support of the various British Antarctic Bases in the South Atlantic and the Antarctic.  It is designated as a Royal Research ship.

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JAMES 1   1999 (December 17th)  Special Polarogramme posted at Rothera BAT Base    US$8

Note: The above Polarogramme showing a view of the "James Clark Ross" has the voyage 9 cachet of the vessel applied on its back as shown in the illustration at right.

It also has been back stamped on arrival in Christchurch on 14 January 2000.

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Front of QSLcard

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Reverse of QSL card

JAMES 2   1999 (December 17th)  QSLcard postmarked Rothera BAT Base with ship's cachet  on reverse US$2

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The view above shows the reverse of the card shown at left.

JAMES 3   1999 (December 17th)  QSLcard postmarked Rothera BAT Base with ship's cachet  on reverse US$2

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The markings above are on the back of the cover shown at left. The cachet at left is from the BAT "Rothera" Base.

JAMES 4   1999 (December 20th)  Envelope posted at Rothera BAT Base    US$5

Note:This cover has the "James Clark Ross" official ships cachet at left which is specific for this voyage. The British Antarctic Territory stamp is postmarked with the special Rothera Base handstamp. The cover has been Backstamped on arrival in Christchurch on 5th January 2000.

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This picture shows the Rothera Base where the above cover was posted.

Note:  Rothera Base was first opened during the 1978/79 summer season replacing an earlier base of the same name.   It is situated on Adelaide Island and has both a wharf and a 900 metre long gravel runway for the BAT aircraft. Rothera acts as a main base to most BAT field parties and maintains a daily radio sked with them.

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JAMES 5   2000 (January 5th)  Polarogramme posted at Rothera BAT Base    US$8

Note: The above Polarogramme  also has the Rothera Base cachet applied at top left but does not have any "James Clark Ross" ship markings. It does however have a special cachet of the BAT Service office in Stanley at the top.  Backstamped at Christchurch on arrival on 14 January 2000.

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JAMES 6   2000 (February 22nd)  Cover posted at Port Stanley with ships cachet    US$5

The view at right shows the "James Clark Ross" passing the Neumayer Channel between the Antarctic Peninsula and off shore islands.

The "James Clark Ross" had left Port Stanley on January 12th 2000 and after a 35 day trip to South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula returned to Port Stanley on Thursday, 17th February, 2000.

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JAMES 7   2000 (February 21st)  Polarogramme posted at Port Stanley with ships cachet    US$5

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Shown at left is the reverse of the above Polarogramme showing the  ship's cachet and the back stamping on arrival in Christchurch on 2nd March, 2000.

The Polarogramme was in the same mail as the previous cover item.

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JAMES 8   2001 (March 22nd)  Cover from King Edward Point hand-over day    US$8

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Above we can see the vessel at King Edward Point during the hand-over ceremony.

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The above marking are on the back of the cover offered above.

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JAMES 9   2002 (October 25th)  Cover from Signy Station, British Antarctic Territory   US$8

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Note: The above cover has the cachets as shown above on its reverse.

The picture at right shows James Clark Ross at Signy Station

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JAMES 10   2002 (December 5th)  Cover from Rothera Station, British Antarctic Territory   US$8

Note: The above envelope has been autographed by Terry Lay who was the BAT postal officer. He travelled on board the "James Clark Ross" to Rothera Station. Backstamped at Christchurch on 30th December, 2002.

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JAMES 11   2003 (February 11th)  Cover from Port Lockroy, British Antarctic Territory   US$8

Note: the above envelope has the James Clark Ross sticker as shown at right on its reverse. Backstamped on arrival in Christchurch on 11 March, 2003.

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JAMES 12   2003 (February 11th)  Polarogramme from Port Lockroy, British Antarctic Territory   US$8

Note: the above Polarogramme has been backstamped on arrival in Christchurch on 10th March 2003 as shown at right.

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