What a place! Pristine, magnificent, uncompromising.
Access is neither inexpensive nor easy - maybe as well!
In a nutshell
Remote and unspoilt
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Oil was extracted from the whale blubber in two rows of 12 tall pressure cookers. The strips of blubber from the flensing plant were cut into small pieces by a rotating cutter. Each cooker held about 24 tons of blubber that was cooked for about 5 hours. The oil was then pumped to the Separator Plant for purification.more
The Workshops were used to maintain and repair the whale-catchers. Maintenance took place over the winter months so that the boats were ready for the time when the crews arrived for the whaling season. Originally the boats were pulled ashore by a huge winch. The floating dock that was built in 1928 unfortunately sunk. Steel plates for the hull were...more
The whale-catcher Petrel was built in Oslo in 1928. The Petrel was one of the first whale-catcher with a catwalk so that the gunner could run from the bridge to the harpoon gun. The Petrel was converted to a sealer in 1956 and the catwalk was removed. Each summer the Petrel would visit the harbours of South Georgia and bring in seal blubber.more