Grytviken Bay, with a research &
supply ship in the background.
Academic Ioffe in the harbour.
Bio-security in action! Before landing any on new island
wevacuumed every bit of our kit that we took ashore
to stop the spread of invasive non-native species.
The group, walking towards the cemetery.
The famous Grytviken Church.
Michael, toasting his hero!
Barbara, with a wee dram of the
original Shackleton Whiskey
in her glass!
The history of South Georgia is intertwined with the life of Sir Ernest Shackleton & his exploration of the Antarctic region. His life, his unbelievable navigation & survival skills (in the most appalling conditions) are the stuff of legend. The journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia in an open boat defies belief & yet he, & his men did it! He is buried here in the cemetery on South Georgia & it was an honour & priviledge to both visit & toast his exploits, in a manner which he surely would have approved of!
The other major feature of South Georgia's history is the whaling and fur seal industry. The reminders of this horrific period are everywhere. The strench, the filth & the hardship must have been hard to bear for all who worked, lived & even died here.
The poor penguins have to run the gauntlet
to get into the sea!
is beyond belief!