Fortunately, we were able to use the crane to lift the 500 lbs of batteries and bulky tower sections onto the ship. There were lots of opportunities for great Ford commercials in Antarctica, but this would have been one of the best. The truck, a good portion of the station's garbage from the last year, and I are resting on the ice pier which consists of multiyear sea ice that has been covered with 18 inches of dirt to insulate it. The nature of driving an icebreaker up next to ice that you don't want to break is a very delicate manuver but the Coast Guard has it figured out.