The photo above shows the "Kapitan Khlebnikov" in fast ice near the Amery Ice Shelf.
The "Kapitan Khlebnikov" is a Russian Icebreaker based in Vladivostok which also now operates tourist cruises in the Antarctic (as well as the arctic) for a variety of western companies.
KAPITAN 1 1999 (Jan 1st) Polarogramme from Mawson AAT Base with expedition cachets. US$8
KAPITAN 2 1999 (Jan 5th) Postcard from Davis AAT Base with expedition cachet. US$5
Note: The view on the left is the reverse side of the postcard. It shows the vessel at sea.
KAPITAN 3 1999 (Jan 9th) Postcard from Casey AAT Base with expedition cachet. US$6
Note: The view on the left is the reverse side of the postcard offered above. It shows the "Kapitan Khlebnikov" in pack ice off Enderby Land in East Antarctica.
KAPITAN 4 1999 (March 9th) Paquebot autographed Postcard from Ushuaia. US$10
Note: The above card was carried on board the vessel from Hobart to Ushuaia in Argentina via McQuarie Island and various other bases. This was an official voyage of the Australian Antarctic Service (voyage 3.4). The card is signed by Rod Ledingham, the official AAT observer on the voyage. On arrival at Ushuaia the AAT stamp has been treated correctly as a Paquebot item.
The above "Kapitan Khlebnikov" Cinderella sheet was issued in 1992. For details of this and other Antarctic related cinderellas take this link to Antarctic Cinderellas.
KAPITAN 5 1999 (November 18th) Cover from Casey AAT Base US$5
Note: The above cover postmarked at Casey bears a World Weather Watch cachet as well as a special Antarctic cold waters sticker at lower left. It has been brought back from Casey by the "Kapitan Khlebnikov" and has the usual Airmail cachet of Kapitan Khlebnikov.
KAPITAN 6 1999 (November 18th) Postcard from Casey AAT Base US$5
Note: This Postcard has the picture on the reverse of the "Khlebnikov" in fast ice near the Amery Ice Shelf.
KAPITAN 7 1999 (December 13) Postcard posted paquebot at Lyttelton on arrival US$5
Note: The card above bears a Khlebnikov local stamp as well as a Russian Antarctic stamp.
KAPITAN 8 1999 (December 13) Postcard posted paquebot at Lyttelton on arrival US$5
Note: This card also has a Local post stamp as well as a Ross Dependency stamp which pays the postage on the card which was posted through the Ross Dependency postal agency in Christchurch.
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