JI DI.

The "Ji Di" is an oceanographic ship built in 1971 for the North China Sea Branch of the State Ocean Administration.

It is 152 metres longwith a 20 metre beam and a 20,000 nautical mile range.

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On the 30th of October, 1989 "Ji Di" departed Qingdao Port to commence the first Chinese Expedition (Chinare VI) of one ship to two Antarctic Bases. Under Captain Wei Wenliang the vessel first called at Zhongshan Station and then Changcheng Station (Now called Great Wall Station) before returning to Qingdao on the 10th of April, 1990. Wan Guoming was the leader of the Expedition.

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Jidi 1.     1989 (October 30th) Expedition cover with 4 cachets.     Price US$8

The picture at right shows "Ji Di" in Antarctic pack ice off Zhong Shan Station during the expedition.

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