My friend and I are entering the native village, which was off limits! The wooden building was built by Rassmussen and Freuchen in 1910 as a trading post. The Danes used it as a school for the native children. I now have word that it has been moved to the new village of Qaanaaq and is a museum.
A close-up of one of the sod igloos. The wooden doors, Floors, Bed, etc. seemed to have come from the AF dump. Many boards had "use no hooks" on them, and some walls were decorated with pages from American magazines.
The village cemetery with Wolstenholme Fjord in the background. The following pictures show some of the equipment my unit used;
Since there were a lot of crevasses on the icecap near TUTO (Thule Take Off), my unit used an alternate route to get onto the cap - especially with the heavy bulldozers used to pull cargo sled trains. We used the frozen fjord as long as we could to transport equipment and supplies to the cap. The Jeep is on our "road" up the fjord.
A Tucker Snocat was the vehicle of choice for transporting VIP's.
The Athey wagon was a trailer on treads, but it had a very small cargo capacity.
The Burroughs D7 and D8 tractors (modified) were our workhorses - although their speed left something to be desired.
The small tracked vehicles called Weasels were used along with the Snocat by our navigators who were charged with marking safe trails for the heavy sled trains. In the picture of the Weasels there is a crevasse detector that never really worked (while I was there).
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