ODEN

- Swedish 1a1 Polar Class Icebreaker

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The "Oden" is Swedens foremost Icebreaker and one of the most modern and capable vessel for ice work. Launched in 1988, the vessel is owned by the Swedish Maritime Administration and is based at Norrkoping in Sweden. It is 107 metres long, 13,000 tons displacement, can continuously break 1.9 metres ice at 3 knots and is worked by a small crew of 15 although she has accomodation for 80 people which usually includes scientists.

Late in 2006 the "Oden" departed Sweden for her first Antarctic Expedition. At Punta Arenas in Southern Chile she embarked a science and educational Expedition comprising members from Sweden, the USA and from Chile.  The view at top shows the "Oden" berthed at the Ice pier at McMurdo in January 2007.

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She departed Punta Arenas on the 12th of December via Drakes Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula.

The view at left shows the "Oden" berthed in Punta Arenas.

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ODEN 1.    2006 (11th December) Oden Postcard posted at Punta Arenas with 2 ships cachets.   Price US$8

The above postcard has the two cachets as shown at right on its back. The first one is from Punta Arenas itself while the right hand cachet is a special one one introduced on board the "Oden" for this Antarctic Cruise.

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The view above shows the broad bows of the "Oden" at the wharf in Punta Arenas while at right is Captain Tomas Arnell.

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Her expedition then took her westward around the Antarctic Continent until she reached the Ross Sea where her science programme ended and a charter to the USA National Science Foundation commenced which saw her undertake the annual break-in to McMurdo.

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ODEN 2.    2007 (18th January) Oden Postcard posted at Scott Base with 2 ships cachets.   Price US$6

The above postcard has the two cachets as shown at right on its back. They have both been applied at Scott Base. Mail posted at Scott base is forwarded by Antarctic support aircraft to Christchurch in a sealed bag and postmarked on arrival at the Ross Dependency agency in Christchurch. The left hand cachet refers to Scott Base celebrating 50 years in 2007.

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ODEN 3.    2007 (19th January) Postcard posted at McMurdo US Antarctic Base.   Price US$15

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Note; The above postcard has the two cachets as shown at left on its reverse side.

The postcard celebrates the joint scientific operations undertaken by the "Oden" with the US Research ship/Icebreaker "Nathaniel B. Palmer" in the Ross Sea.

The postcard has been signed on its front by the Captains of both vessels and bears cachets from both vessels.  This is a scarce item as very few were done.

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ODEN 4.    2007 (19th January) Postcard posted at McMurdo US Antarctic Base.   Price US$5

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ODEN 5.    2007 (19th January) Postcard posted at McMurdo US Antarctic Base.   Price US$5

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ODEN 6.   2007 (25th January) Paquebot postcard from McMurdo US Antarctic Base.   Price US$8

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Note: this postcard which has been signed by Captain Tomas Arnell, shown at left on his bridge, bears a Swedish stamp which has been postmarked at the American APO at McMurdo.

This is a rare item with very few foreign vessels arriving at McMurdo entitled to post mail at the APO. Backstamped at Christchurch on arrival on 5th February, 2007.


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