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Date: 29 Jan 2012 20:36:04
Title: Antarctic Photos 3 – Deception I sland

Antarctic Photos 3 – Deception Island

 

Deception Island is a still-active volcano in the South Shetland Islands just north of the Antarctic peninsula. The sea has flooded the crater to form a natural harbour about five miles across. Access to the caldera is through a narrow gap called Neptune’s Bellows. The harbour was used as a centre for the whaling industry at the beginning of the 20th century and since then has housed a couple of scientific research bases.

 

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Our first iceberg as we passed  Smith Island before heading for Deception Island.

 

 

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CapTim proudly hoists the Antarctica courtesy flag

 

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The anchor nip on this momentous occasion is of the bubbly variety. Ewan checks he is not being short-changed. The adjudicator is ASD Snoopy.

 

 

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Celebrating our arrival in Antarctica

 

 

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The remains of one of the whaling station buildings …

 

 

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… surrounded by the enormous vessels for rendering down the whale blubber into oil

 

 

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Mina2 at anchor seen through the abandoned hardware

 

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The remains of water boats that used to take barrels of fresh water out to the whaling boats anchored in the harbour.

 

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Staves from water barrels still in position after nearly 100 years

 

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The lonely resting place of a Norwegian whaler

 

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Peter enthusiastically prepares for his Antarctic swim in the hot volcanic springs

 

 

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The temperature of the water is tested …

 

 

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Ready, steady …

 

 

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… and in they plunge, with Mina2 in the background

 

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A Chinstrap penguin receives his instructions from the Director

 

 

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but stomps off past an elephant seal …

 

 

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 … to star in Ewan’s film instead

 


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