By Sarah Laverick
The first and only Australian-built Antarctic flagship, Aurora Australis, and her crews have secured a place in Antarctic history. This is the 30-year story of Aurora Australis and of her diverse charges – crew, technicians, scientists, explorers, writers and artists.
This is a tale of engineering brilliance and human resilience, that brings polar research to life and unveils stunning scientific discoveries. It’s the story of a problem-plagued construction, two devastating fires, a crippling besetment in ice and a blizzard-induced grounding in Antarctica. It tells of brave rescue missions of other ships and their grateful crews, and of the heroic administering of medical help while battling life-threatening temperatures and hurricane-force winds.