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Naval History and Heritage Command

One-Mile Pump Station

Men laying lines for gasoline
Description: Painting, Watercolor on Paper; by Standish Backus; 1956; Unframed Dimensions 8H X 11W
Accession #: 88-186-AV
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Six miles of unbreakable sea ice at the southern end of McMurdo Sound necessitated establishing a portable pipeline through which aviation gasoline and arctic diesel oil were discharged from the ships to waiting tanks erected by Seabees at one-mile intervals. These camps also doubled as the Antarctic version of the drive-in restaurant, sometimes providing hot coffee for the pipeline patrol and crews of the passing tractor trains. At the ice-edge in the background, off loading cargo lies the Coast Guard icebreaker Eastwind, next to the tanker Nespelen, and YOG-34.

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