Category Archives: South Georgia

Day 2

The day started comically enough, one of our tent party woke up and, on seeing daylight, got up, dressed and started boiling water to make hot drinks. The winds seemed to have died down a little so we all started … Continue reading

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Day 1

We made anchor in Prince Hakkon bay early on Monday morning, a treacherous bay by South Georgia standards…one ship ran aground here a few years back. The captain negotiated her in excellently, whilst the bridge filled with the sound of … Continue reading

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I’m packed!

Sunday 8:30 pm…..and I’m all packed up! Wahooo! It was no easy affair I can tell you, an experience in the modern day madness that is air travel. It would have been a very noble gesture if the Irish airline, … Continue reading

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Last Day

Well here it is, last day at work before a weekend of packing and re-packing. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve checked the gear list. I’m not a particularly fastidious person but diving taught me to pay good … Continue reading

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High Seas

One of my pet interests is the Battle of the Atlantic during WWII, more specifically the U-Boat war on Allied Merchant Shipping from 1939 to 1943 – the battle was pretty much won by the end of 1943, some might … Continue reading

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The Fear

In less than two weeks I’ll be forced up the stairs of a plane, the first step in our journey to Chile. I say forced because I hate flying, or rather I have an irrational fear of it. I’ve tried … Continue reading

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Freddy, what do Yaks eat ?

I was showing my son Jack this site the other day, he’s just turned five and I wanted him to understand why daddy will be away for nearly a month. I tried to show him South Georgia and Antarctica on … Continue reading

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The UV Ushuaia

Well if we hit a “freak wave” in the South Atlantic then i’d like to know a little bit more about the ship i’ll be going down with. The UV USHUAIA was commisioned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration … Continue reading

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South Georgia Traverse Route

I’ve plotted the Lat/Long GPS route data in Google Earth and produced an image of the route below. You should be able to click on this image to see a larger and clearer version.

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Shackleton’s Grave, Grytviken.

Ernest Shackleton final resting place is in the small “whalers” graveyard at Grytviken. (courtersy of Google Maps)

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Stromness Whaling Station.

(courtesy of Google Maps)

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The Start

It’s ironic to be sitting here in Lansdowne road on a cold October evening, cheering Munster and freezing, whilst all my cold weather gear is on its way to Chile. Likewise to have a membership card in my wallet for … Continue reading

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