Motor Ship Model - MV Kista Dan Object Reg. No: ST 24144

The MV Kista Dan (1250 GRT) was built in Denmark for J Lauritzen Lines in 1952. This diesel powered vessel was designed for Arctic conditions with a fully-welded ice-breaker hull. Between 1953 and 1957 she was used by the Australian National Antarctic Reseach Expeditions (ANARE) to establish the Mawson and Davis bases and was captained by Hans Christian Petersen. In 1957 the Kista Dan was replaced with the MV Thala Dan and the MV Magga Dan. After several changes of ownership and name the former MV Kista Dan was broken up in Turkey in 1998. This 1:100 scale model was purchased by the Museum in 1955. It was made by Alexander Urquhart of Geelong
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: antarctic exploration, exploration, modelmaking, scale models, ship models, ships
Themes this item is part of: Antarctica Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Internal Combustion Power - Motor Vessels
Tertiary Classification: model motor vessels - exploration
Model Scale: 1:100
User of Item Modelled: Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE), Australia, 1953-1957


Anton Bowring Posted on 19 Dec 2009 5:47 AM
From April 1979 to the end of 1982, the Kista Dan was named MV Benjamin Bowring and used by English explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, as the support ship for the Transglobe Expedition - the first and only surface circumnavigation of the world via the North and South Poles (see
Discovery Centre Posted on 21 Dec 2009 11:34 AM
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Hi Anton,

Thank you very much for providing us with additional information on the Kista Dan. This information has been sent to the relevant curator in the History and Technology Department.
John Graham Posted on 03 Aug 2010 7:46 PM
In the late 1950's I lived in Hobart and saw the Kista Dan in port there. I also remember the Thala Dan and Nella Dan. At the time I was 11 years old. Today (3/8/2010) I was watching the movie 'Hell Below Zero" and very much surprised to see the Kista Dan in the movie.
johnbibby Posted on 07 Jun 2011 6:43 PM
kistawas on lesse tobritish antarctic survey 1959/2960 i returnedto uk on her in 1960after a 3 year stint at hope bay, based.
doreen buck Posted on 06 Oct 2014 10:29 PM
My husband was on board the RN ship HMS PROTECTOR ON IT'S OCT;62/MAY63 Survey.The KISTA DAN was tied up alongside our ship.I've tried to ask him more but the only thing he remembers is that he bought us a pair of jumpers that were Traditional waterproof,from on board the Kista.

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