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Offloading the Ships

"Men swarmed down the gangway as soon as it was lowered. Cargo crews hoisted all 'topside' cargo by boom to waiting crews on the bay ice. Among the first items to be landed were huge sleds to carry freight and huge tractors to pull the sleds. Thus freight could be loaded direct from the ships' holds onto waiting sleds and rushed to a temporary supply dump almost halfway between shipside and campsite. While this 24-hour-a-day cargo shuttle was running, crews bridged crevasses between the supply dump and the base sites. Surveyors worked to lay out a five-acre site that would spring up as Little America Five."--Operation Deep Freeze, The Story of Task Force 43