There Was a Bowling Alley in Antarctica

(Photo: US Antarctic Program)

In 1961, the US Navy built a 2-lane bowling alley at McMurdo Station, the main American base in Antarctica. The blogger Sandwichgirl used to live there (she actually got married at McMurdo). One of her jobs there was that of pinsetter at the bowling alley. She describes the alley at length here.

(Photo: Sandwichgirl)

Pictured above is an old fashioned pinsetting machine. It’s mechanically simpler to an automatic system. McMurdo preferred it because it’s less likely to require major maintenance and repair. It and the rest of the bowling alley was dismantled in 2008.

-via Messy Nessy Chic

UPDATE 4/13/15: More information kindly submitted by sandwhichgirl.

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