Ray Honisett: S.S. Norvegia
Artist: Ray Honisett
The Norvegia, a wooden motor vessel, was built in Norway in 1919, and between the years 1927-31 made four voyages to the Antarctic. During the southern summer of 1929-30, on a voyage of exploration, the Norvegia discovered and named Queen Maud Land and other territories on the western coastline of Enderby Land. The seaplanes mounted on the ships's decks were used for reconnaisances inland. Early in 1930, in waters off Enderby Land, the Norvegia met with the Discovery with Sir Douglas Mawson's BANZARE expedition (1929-31) aboard. Both vessels were involved in the exploration of the same area. The area claimed by both parties is in the vicinity of the Russian Molodezhnaya station and is now part of the Australian Antarctic Territory. In 1930-31 the Norvegia circumnavigated the Antarctic continent covering a distance of some 18,500 kilometers in 102 days, thereby becoming the first powered vessel to do so. After its return to Norway in 1931, the Norvegia was used as a sealer and in 1933 was crushed in ice in the Arctic.
This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood® First Day Cover for the Australian Antarctic Territory 50¢ S.S. Norvegia stamp issued September 9, 1981.
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