At many of our stops, we saw remnants of previous visitors from times gone by. Some areas, particularly those that were used as whaling bases, were quite littered with old garbage, decaying buildings and shipwrecks. Here are a few examples from Deception Bay (the volcano I mentioned in the last post). The last picture in this first sequence shows three whaling shipwrecks near a rock formation called "Neptune's Bellows", you can see a tiny dot in the sand about halfway down, in front of the ship to the right -- it's a penguin (for scale). Also, the steam seen in the first shot is rising from vents in the sand, which people wadded into wearing bathing suits at one point on the trip.
These two pictures are from Half Moon Bay -- the first is a shipwreck (with more penguins for scale at the bow), and the second is an Argentinian Base (sometimes in use, but mostly a 'claim' holder).
This final set of pictures come from Port Lockroy, the British base. You can see old chains fastened to the rocks, some graffiti from the 1920s, and a portion of the modern base - surrounded by a large penguin colony, whose poop I slipped in while visiting...
Coming soon -- Flat Stanley's Adventure, Life on Board Ship, and Cape Horn.
Germany April 21-May 10
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