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Ice Mooring

A large wooden peg with a rope wrapped around it lying on the ice
Description: Painting, Watercolor on Scratch Board; by Standish Backus; 1956; Framed Dimensions 23H X 39W
Accession #: 88-186-BD
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"The approved method of fastening a ship to the Antarctic Continent is to moor it to a 'deadman' buried in the ice. Symbolically, [the mooring line] might represent man's tenuous and probably temporary hold on Antarctica." --Commander Standish Backus

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