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Clinton Point Station

George Cousins

North Saanich,British Columbia, Canada

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Clinton Point was a small promontory on the coast of the Arctic Ocean in the Canadian North-West Territories. It’s main claim to fame was that it was quite flat and therefore ideally suited to set up the control station for our 1955 survey operations in the NWT and Yukon, as well as the offshore Arctic Islands. Our first task was to set up a livable camp that also could house all our communications and short range radar gear, as this site would provide the control for a string of other stations manned by two or three men crews all over the area. We had just set up the Jamesway huts when a fierce gale came along and pretty well destroyed them. The next attempt was more successful and gave us time to gather all the rocks we could manage, to weigh down the pre-fabricated plywood floors. All this stuff came in by a combination of seaplane in the ocean and dragging it up the cliffs to the flat ground, and also by parachute drop, until we managed to get a strip that was safe enough to land Dakota transports.
The land behind the huts was Arctic tundra which stretched about 400 miles south until meeting the first vestiges of a tree line. Our first blizzard was around August 25th. just before this photo was taken. We stuck around until mid-September when the weather became unsuitable for high-altitude photography, and then we moved the operation southward, following the weather until finally we had to call it quits for another season.

Photo taken in August, 1955, with an Exakta Varex 35mm.SLR, probably using Ektachrome film if memory serves me. F 2,0 Biotar lens. Scanned in 2004 with a Canoscan 4000dpi scanner.

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