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Robert Charles Haun (1903-1975)

 

Contour of Shelf Ice, Kainan Bay
Robert Charles Haun #64
Watercolor & pencil on paper, 27 January 1956
88-192-BL

 

Sketch from the port side of U.S.S. Nespelen.

 

Ross Ice Shelf Looking Towards Little America V After Bay Ice Breakup
Robert Charles Haun #13
Oil on canvas, 1956
88-192-M

 

 

 

U.S.S. Arneb (AKA-56) at Kainan, Bay Antarctica
Robert Charles Haun #69
Watercolor & ink on paper, 1956
88-192-BQ

 

 

 

Goodwill Ambassadors Greet U.S.S. Arneb
Robert Charles Haun #1
Oil on canvas, 1956
88-192-A

 

These Adelie penguins look as if they are rushing out to greet the Navy ship. One of only two species restricted to Antarctica (the other species is the Emperor), the Adelie penguins range from eighteen to twenty-four inches high. The penguin became one of the symbols of Operation Deepfreeze I.

The men in the painting are laying the "deadmen." A "deadman" is a large, thick piece of timber placed into a hole dug into an ice shelf far inland. It is buried under layers of snow and then water is poured over it, freezing it firmly into the sea ice. A mooring line, or steel cable, is fastened around it, attaching it to the ship. This line holds tight but also may be released instantly should an ice alert or blizzard warning be sounded.

 

Laying the "Dead Men" - Greeted by Penguins
Robert Charles Haun #66
Watercolor on paper, 1956
88-192-BN

 

Study for 88-192-A (above).

 

Offloading U.S.S. Arneb
Robert Charles Haun #28
Pencil & watercolor, 30 December 1955
88-192-AB

 

Loading palettes onto sleds. Sketched from U.S.S. Arneb.

 

Untitled
Robert Charles Haun #33
Oil on canvas paper, 31 December 1955
88-192-AG

 

Sketched from U.S.S. Arneb.

 

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06 March 2003