Michigan City News-Dispatch, Saturday, 21 October, 1939

Snow Cruiser Crosses No. Indiana Monday
Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd's giant snow cruiser will roll across northern Indiana Monday morning

(Acme Telephoto)

Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd is shown with group of fellow members of the second Byrd Antarctic expedition as he inspected the snow cruiser, designed and constructed by the research foundation of Armour Institute of Technology, that will be used by the expedition. Left to right: Corporal Felix Ferranto, United States marine corps, radio operator of the cruiser; Dr. F. A. Wade, senior scientist of the United States Antarctic service, assistant commander of the cruiser; Admiral Byrd; Charles Meyer, chief machinist mate, United States navy, chief machinest of the cruiser; and Dr. Thomas C. Poulter, scientific director of Armour Institute, designer and commander of the cruiser.

Today Admiral Byrd was an interested spectator as workers at the Pullman Standard Car Mfg. Co. plant at Pullman, Ill., put finishing touches on the newest aid to Antarctic exploration.

The famous explorer will have the 37-ton mechanical monster aboard ship when he sails for the Antarctic next month. He said he hoped the cruiser would permit ground exploration of as much territory in a month as in all previous expeditions combined.

Indiana State police have received orders to meet the cruiser at U. S. 6 and the Indiana line at 7 a. m. Monday. Plans call for stopping somewhere near Gary for tests and a demonstration.

How soon the cruiser will arrive at Westville, nearest point on its route to Michigan City could not be determined by troopers. They said it may be any time between 9 and noon. The cruiser will travel at approximately 20 miles per hour.

It will be necessary to block traffic along U. S. 6 to make way for the gigantic machine, which is 55 feet long, 20 feet high and slightly more than 19 feet wide. It is so wide it will be necessary at times to ride with one wheel on the road berm.

Highway officials said it is probable the cruiser will pull off the road from time to time to ease clogged traffic.

Dr. F. A. Wade, senior scientist of the U. S. Antarctic service, said the cruiser will be used in geographic exploration for a year, and then will transport scientific parties to temporary bases for weather surveys, mineral analyses and other studies.

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