PostHeaderIcon Fund-raising receptie New Belgica: Toespraak Kris Peeters

TOESPRAAK DOOR KRIS PEETERS
VLAAMS MINISTER-PRESIDENT EN

VLAAMS MINISTER VAN ECONOMIE, BUITENLANDS BELEID, LANDBOUW, ZEEVISSERIJ EN PLATTELANDSBELEID

Belgica

23 NOVEMBER 2010

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PostHeaderIcon Belgium’s most important maritime heritage: The New Belgica

In August 1897, a Belgian navy captain Adrien de Gerlache left Antwerp for the Antarctic with an international crew on a robust three-master, the Belgica. The expedition was the first Antarctic expedition of a purely scientific nature. It was also the first to spend a winter in the austral polar night, and to make extensive use of photography.

On 10 March 1898, and for twelve months, the Belgica was imprisoned in the ice. The ice-bound ship drifted over 3200 kilometers and was finally released on 14 March 1899 after much effort.

The expedition returned with an important scientific harvest and a complete annual cycle of observations, which are still relevant for scientific comparisons today.

The scientific data covered many fields: bathymetrical and hydrological soundings, numerous botanical and zoological samples, a large amount of oceanographical, meteorological, geomagnetic, glaciological and geological observation data.