Date: 10 October 2012
Wind speed: 5 knots
Temp with wind chill: -21C
The transition from winter to summer season here at Scott Base brings about a number of significant changes. Winter staff start to leave after 13 months of living and working together, a new crew is introduced to the base, science groups start arriving and helicopters buzz around again. For Simon, our winter manager, it is also the time to officially hand over the base to the incoming team.
Staff around the flagpole.
Last Saturday, to mark this point and follow a long held tradition, everybody gathered around the flagpole in front of the base to watch the youngest person on base lower the small winter pennant and raise the larger summer flag. It is a little ceremony which has been kept alive ever since Scott Base was officially opened on 20 January 1957.
Summer flag is raised.
The historic flagpole, found around Scott’s Discovery Hut, had been presented to Sir Edmund Hillary (who helped found Scott Base) by Admiral Dufek that year and Able Seaman R.Tito, the youngest person on base, raised the NZ flag for the first time. Ever since then the flagpole has been a focal point in front of the base.