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South Georgia and Shackleton

On South Georgia Island we made landings at abandoned whaling stations at Grytviken and Stromness Bay. Although the stations are currently inhabited by seals and penguins, they were quite active in the early 1900's. Stromness is where Sir Ernest Shackleton, the Antarctic explorer, first encountered humans after his epic 800 mile voyage across the Southern Ocean and trek across the mountains and glaciers of South Georgia. On a subsequent expedition to South Georgia, Shackleton died and was buried at Grytviken.
Stromness whaling station
Stromness whaling station
Abandoned buildings at Stromness
Abandoned buildings at Stromness
Abandoned buildings at Stromness
Abandoned buildings at Stromness
Rails used to pull whales up for processing
Rails used to pull whales up for processing
Glaciers behind Stromness
Glaciers behind Stromness
Waterfall used by Shackleton to decend from the mountains on this way to Stromness
Waterfall used by Shackleton to decend from the mountains on this way to Stromness
Grytviken whaling station
Grytviken whaling station
Grytviken cemetery and Shackleton's gravesite
Grytviken cemetery and Shackleton's gravesite
Shackleton's grave at Grytviken
Shackleton's grave at Grytviken
Martin's rope wreath memento at Shackleton's grave
Martin's rope wreath memento at Shackleton's grave
Gold Harbor Glacier and King Penguin colony
Gold Harbor Glacier and King Penguin colony