Today, we were supposed to be stepping ashore at Port Lockroy, a natural harbor within Antarctica’s British Antarctic Territory. The harbor was used for whaling and later for British military operations during World War II, and afterward became a British research station until 1962. The attraction today is a museum and post office operated by the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust. Stick a stamp on a postcard and mail from Antarctica. Not many people can claim having done that.
Last night, however, Silver Explorer was stopped short of Port Lockroy. Our captain had charted a course, hoping we would anchor in Port Lockroy in the morning, but a channel thick with ice turned us away. The crew made every effort, but eventually a decision was made to sail to another harbor for a landing that included a hike and scenic zodiac cruise. It was a good decision, validated by another vessel that had spent the entire day trying to get through the ice — and failed. At least we were ashore and active.
Our voyage so far ,,,
- Day 1 – Arriving At The End Of The World: Ushuaia, Argentina
- Day 2 – Sailing The Dreaded Drake
- Day 3 – Today, A Big Surprise
- Day 4 — Destination: Mainland Antarctica, It Only Gets Better
- Day 5 – Brilliant Sunlight, Beautiful Bay, Awesome Antarctica
- Day 6 – The Polar Plunge & Vodka At A Remote Outpost
- Day 7 – Change Of Plans: Ice-Choked Channel Causes Us To Miss Port Lockroy, But …