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Dudley naval officer Dave Pitt visits namesake Antarctic islands
« on: February 11, 2022, 05:44:22 AM »
Dudley naval officer Dave Pitt visits namesake Antarctic islands




A Royal Navy officer has become one of only a handful of people to visit a collection of remote Antarctic islands.

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The deserted Pitt Islands lie 675 miles (1,086 km) south of Cape Horn in the freezing waters.

Lt Cdr Dave Pitt, from Dudley, was part of a 12-person Royal Navy expedition to study the islands' penguins.

"I cannot believe how privileged I am to be able to camp overnight in the Antarctic, on a group of islands with which I share a name," he said.

The archipelago, which is only about twice the size of Norwich, was discovered by a British expedition about 200 years ago.

It was named after former Prime Minister William Pitt with the individual islands taking their names from characters in Charles Dickens' Pickwick Papers.

Lt Cdr Pitt, 46, was onboard HMS Protector as it patrolled the Antarctic waters earlier this year, visiting research stations and gathering data about the weather and climate.

The ship's commanding officer, Cpt Michael Wood, said the work contributed to the safety of navigation and shipping routes.

"Surveying alone provides many obstacles," he said. "The challenges faced range from ice conditions, unfavourably strong winds and the constant management of maintaining the equip
ment in this harsh environment."

 

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