Antarctica Part V – Port Lockroy

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We were going to visit this place the next day morning, but our original afternoon landing is blocked by severe weather, so we had to cancel the landing.  The crews promised us to find another landing spot today.  Eventually they negotiated with the ladies working in Port Lockroy to land in their place tonight instead.

Port LockRoy was originally a British base that managed the British Antarctic Territory.  It was used for whaling between 1911 and 1931 and British military operations during World War II and then continued to operate as a British research station until 1962. In 1996 it was renovated and is now a museum and post office operated by the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust. Now you could still see portraits of famous actresses painted on the bedsides in original crews bedroom.  It is one of the most touristy destinations for Antarctica since it’s also got a souvenir shop that sells many unique items only found here or a few places in the world.

“Quickly!” the guide told us. We only got half an hour browse through the museum, grab our favorite souvenirs, and send off our Antarctica post cards. Maybe because of the time limit, the less time I have, the longer I wanted to stay… I was one of the last ones to leave the building and we were quickly shipped over to the other side of island. “You just missed the most gruesome picture!”  One of the girls already there exclaimed, “we watched a petro took up a baby penguin and butchered it while it’s alive!”

I wonder if it’s a good thing I missed that….


From Antarctica Part V – Port Lockroy, posted by Jenny Zheng on 8/29/2012 (55 items)

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