It’s always satisfying to learn about the history and impact of your own products and how they’ve helped others on their own paths, and we’re pleased to see that the Kilfrost Marine Paste was no exception. This material was originally developed from aircraft deicing formulations and became useful as a low temperature lubricant, plus a quick deicing treatment for metalwork on ships.
Our Marine Paste was recently referenced on Freeze Frame, an online resource created by the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge. This site has a world-class collection of photos which show various polar expeditions from the 19th century onwards.
As well as photographs, they also share interesting information – for example about how explorers over the decades have created huts to live in during their expeditions.
heir article on shelter in the polar regions records that the first ever hut was built in Antarctica in 1898, with the British Antarctic Expedition causing quite a stir by living out there for a year without their ship while it went to get more supplies, with the first ever permanent inland base established in 1956.
Explorers have taken notice of previous expeditions when deciding how to construct their own huts. For example, the Norwegian British Swedish Expedition (1949-52) learned screws and nails could stick to their fingers because of the extremely cold weather. According to Freeze Frame, they coated the screws and nails with Kilfrost Marine Paste which allowed them to pick up objects without the metal freezing to their fingers. That’s a nice bit of history!
Visit freezeframe.ac.uk to read the story.