Indian Antarctic Base.

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"Maitri" Base was established in March 1989 after the first Indian Station Dakshin Gangotri became buried in ice. "Maitri" is built on adjustable telescopic legs and has 25 single occupancy rooms as well as research, supply, power and general purpose buildings. It is located on the East Antarctic mainland south of Capetown and 90 nautical miles from the usual Antarctic coastline. It is only 5 km away from the Russian Novolazarevskaya Station.

Each year it is supplied by a chartered ship which also brings chartered helicopters.

**** 2000-2001 XX ANTARCTIC SEASON  ****

For the 2000-2001 season it was announced that the German ice-strengthened vessel "Magdalena Oldendorff" would be the support vessel for the 20th Indian Antarctic Expedition. It departed Capetown on the 31st December, 2000 bound for the Antarctic continent taking the Indian Expedition led by the Geologist Marvin D'Souza.   Her establishment included two New Zealand Helicopters Ltd aircraft and New Zealand and Indian aircrew.

The "Magdalena Oldendorff" is shown at right.

She is a Ice class vessel.

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MAITRI 1.  2001 (March 18th) Cover posted Capetown on return of Expedition.    Price US$6

Note: The above cover has been autographed at bottom left by Ewald Brune, the German Ice Ship's Pilot engaged for the Expedition. The cover also bears cachets of the vessel, the helicopter crew, the Indian base "Maitri" and the expedition itself.

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MAITRI 2.  2001 (March 18th) Cover posted Capetown on return of Expedition.    Price US$8

Note: this cover differs from the previous item in that it also has a special Indian Antarctic Expedition sticker applied at lower left. The Waterfront Antarctica postmark is applied at Capetown to mail originating from the Antarctic.

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MAITRI 3.  2002 (March 25th) Cover caried helicopter from First 2002 voyage.    Price US$10

Note: Cover signed at left by the German ice Pilot Ewald Brune. It has a cachet from

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MAITRI 4.  2002 (April) Postcard posted from Maitri Base.    Price US$8

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The view at left shows the picture side of the above postcard.

**** 2002-2003 XX11 ANTARCTIC SEASON  ****

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MAITRI 5.  2003 (January 26th) Signed envelope posted from Maitri Base.    Price US$10

Note: The above envelope has been autographed at lower left by the Maitri Postmaster Misha Bajpai and also bears the cachet of the supply vessel "Magdalena Oldendorff".

(Note: the above covers are the same items as offered on our "Magdalena Oldendorff " page)

**** 2003-2004 XX111 ANTARCTIC SEASON  ****

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MAITRI 6.  2004 (February 25th) Signed envelope posted from Maitri Base.    Price US$10

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For the 2003/04 season The Indian Antarctic Expedition used the Maltese vessel "Emerald Sea" as shown above. The above cover bears this ships cachet as well as a Russian Base cachet and the signature on the reverse (as shown at right) of the Expedition leader B.N. Gangopadlyay.

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