The Italian Antarctic Supply ship "ITALICA" arrived in Lyttelton in the early hours of January 2nd after a stormy Tasman Sea crossing from Hobart in Tasmania. The following photos were taken during her 4 day stay.

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"Italica" berth at No 3 wharf in the Lyttelton inner Harbour on January 5th

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This view taken on deck shows several containers some of which are fitted out as living compartmnets

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Looking into the hold seeing the wide range of general cargo supplies for Terra Nova Bay.

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The galley on board "Italica"

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Italy's Antarctic Representitive in Christchurch Mr Luigi Blasi at right enjoying a meal on board "Italica" with a senior member of the Expedition.

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The Expedition's Deputy leader Angela Campagnoli in her office on board "Italica".

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Shown at left on the wharf is Doctor Andrea Pellegrini,  the science team leader on board "Italica".

He is "Unita Programmi Scientifici Progetto Antartide"

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Crew members stowing the gangway just prior to departure at 5pm on January 5th, 2001.

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The "Italica" starting to pull away from the wharf

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"Italica" backing away into the inner Harbour

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Being turned around by a tugboat

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Further turning around to face out towards the inner harbour entrance

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Turned around fully now

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Proceeding down the outer harbour with a pilot boat chasing

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Passing the outer mole in the outer harbour and heading to sea and Antarctica.

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