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This vessel with the long strange sounding name is a Russian ice strengthened cargo supply and research vessel which is under charter by the American NOAA to provide logistic support to the Copacabana field camp on King George Island as well as a number of other American scientific projects in the Antarctic Peninsula area. The name of the vessel translates to something like "South Sea Geology".

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YUZ 1. 2000 (January 13th) Envelope from Copacabana field camp posted via Eduardo Frei Base.  Price US$8

Note: The cover above has the ship's cachet at bottom left and is postmarked at the Chilean Eduardo Frei Antarctic base which is situated not far from the Copacabana Field Camp.

The cover is backstamped on arrival in Christchurch on February 1st, 2000.

The picture at right shows the "Yuzhmorgeologiya" at Deception Island in February 2000 when she was working with an American Synoptic Survey team.

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YUZ 2. 2002 (November 20th) Envelope posted paquebot at Punta Arenas.  Price US$6

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Captain Igor Zhelgaborskig

Note: The covers above and below are both signed by the captain of the vessel, Captain Igor Zhelgaborskig who is shown at left in his office on board ship at Punta Arenas.

Both envelopes bear a Metrological Organisation sticker as the vessel is engaged in this work as well as supply to both Cape Shirreff and Copacabana American field camps on King George and Livingston Island in the South Shetlands.

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YUZ 3. 2002 (November 20th) Signed envelope posted at Punta Arenas.  Price US$6

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