Palmer Station

Palmer Station May 2015
Palmer Station as seen from just offshore...9 May 2015...by Julian Race, from the USAP photo library (link to full size original).

25 March 2017...time to update things seriously. Sorry for the absence...and I'm not done with the updates yet....but I was inspired by a recent Denver meetup with 2017 WSM Ken Keenan and many of the 2017 winterovers, after they finished fire school and were heading off to OSAR training in Page, AZ. As I write this, the group had just departed from Punta Arenas on the Laurence M. Gould en route to Palmer Station.

As for the R/V Hero...sadly, in March of 2017 it sank at its dock along the estuary of the Palix River in Bay Center, Washington. The most recent updates... as oil spill mitigation has been continuing.

Winter 2012...Lockheed-Martin took over as the new support contractor...and renovations in the aquarium and GWR shop/storage areas (info).

The 2011-12 summer season brought...an amazing trip by an autonomous underwater vehicle from Palmer to Rothera...not to mention the Blue Ribbon Panel! (updates)

Doctor Matt Houseal, who spent 3 months here between September and December 1990...was murdered in Baghdad in early May 2009, one of 5 people shot by a fellow soldier. Matt left Palmer Station to go winter at Pole in 1991. A bit more news and info about Matt is here.

25 January 2007...have to announce the death of long-time Antarctican and 1976 manager Larry Miyoda (obituary).

The 1999 and 2000 winters saw some major renovations of both the biolab main floor and GWR, including a new exterior back stairway on GWR, moving medical and other offices from Biolab to GWR, as well as moving the fire tank outside, to make more room inside Biolab for beakers or whatever. And the 2002 winter saw the massive complete reconstruction of the ground floor of Biolab, including all new labs, HVAC system and boiler, and consolidation (and firewalls/safety upgrades) of the mechanical spaces to make a science instrument lab in the old mechanical room. I do have a collection of photos from these renovations that I hope to put up someday.

More recently, after the 2005 winter construction of T6, things have been a bit quieter. The station science sitreps to date are published here by the LTER people, nowadays with a new look (in MS Word or pdf formats, with photos). In January 2004, the glacier behind Old Palmer between Arthur Harbor and Loudwater Cove, turning the area into Norsel Island, perhaps, but in 2007 it was named Amsler Island.

Check out the USAP webcam installed in March 2010 on one of the antenna towers near the station. It was augmented in 2012-13 with a remote penguin camera on Torgersen Island; this camera is operational during the summer breeding season.

And don't miss Dave Gallas' incredible blow-by-blow eyewitness account of the 1989 Bahia episode!

What else is here:

Old Palmer
A look at the original station
Construction
of Old Palmer, January/February 1965
Commissioning
...of the present station in March, 1968
The Palmer timelines
from, well, 1820 to the present with a few gaps still being worked on...
Palmer Views
Historical miscellany from the old and new days, including a look at those w/o pictures in the GWR stairwell.
Recommended links
pertaining to Palmer and the Antarctic Peninsula updated March 2017
That research vessel Hero
...her history from the 1967 keel laying...up to...the 2017 keel laying on the bottom of the Palix River estuary
About these pages...
and a dedication
Contact Bill Spindler...
...email me!
Updated 25 March 2017
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