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Report - Abandoned Whaling Station, South Georgia

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by Mr Penguin, Oct 8, 2007.

  1. Mr Penguin

    Mr Penguin Guest

    Third attempt - all photos now working on my system, but I'll check back tomorrow.

    Grytviken was a Norwegian whaling station on the British isle of South Georgia in the South Atlantic. Opened in the early 1900s, it employed over 200 men at its peak. Due to the collapse of whale stocks it was mothballed in the 1960s and never reopened. It has recently been preserved by the British government who conduct fishery protection and scientific research at a nearby site.

    Grytviken with Mt Hodges above

    Grytviken from Mt Hodges!

    Looking down on the site

    British made generator set

    Whale catcher Petrel

    Oil tanks

    Steam driven pully

    Oil processing stack


    Well preserved Norwegian Church almost identical to the one in Cardiff Bay. No tripod though :(

    Tender boat Fenix unlikely to rise again

    Sadly other buildings such as accommodation blocks had been demolished, but it was still a good wander.

    Hope they were worth the wait
    #1 Mr Penguin, Oct 8, 2007
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