ANTARCTIC TUCKER UPDATE

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You might think that after acheiving such a notable crossing all the 743 Tuckers would be given honoured places in various museums. Here is the current status.

As far as I can work out, the first Sno-Cat to reach the Antarctic (on the Magga Dan) never received a door code. It can easily be distinguished as it has the two rear side windows, which the other three Sno-Cats don't. It was probably the one named 'County of Kent' which was lost in a crevass fall on the Ross Sea ice shelf at the end of 1959.

Door code 'A'

'ABLE'

Purchased by the DSIR (Department of Scientific and Industrial Research) Antarctic Division, together with 'C'

Retired in 1971, restored, and placed on display in the Canterbury Museum in New Zealand. One of Hillary's Ferguson tractors from the Ross Sea party is just visible to the right rear.

Door code 'B'

'Rock 'N Roll'

Returned to Tucker in Medford, Oregon, where it is currently in storage for Tucker's new museum.

The aluminium structures at right are unrelated passenger-carrying bodies.

No door code

'County of Kent'

Purchased with 'ABLE' but lost in a fatal crevass fall on the Ross ice shelf on November 19th 1959, killing the driver, Lt. T. Couzens.

The story of the accident, as reported in the Antarctic Times December 1959

Door code 'C'

'Haywire'

Returned to the UK and put on external display at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.

Subsequently returned to B.P. (the expedition sponsors and fuel suppliers, and thence to the storage facilty of the Museum of Science and Industry at Wroughton, near Swindon, in Wiltshire, England