Still mobile, but ultimately trapped by
surrounding pack ice that cause the open water to freeze over, now
that the ocean swell has died down. Falling temperatures signal
that winter is on its way and the men of the Belgica must prepare
for an enforced Antarctic winter. It is not clear however, whether
this event was actually planned by the commander of the expedition
Adrien de Gerlache - for the rest of the crew, it certainly wasn't!
In: "Resultats du Voyage du S. Y. BELGICA en
1897-1898-1899 .... Oceanographie Les Glaces Glace de Mer et Banquises"
par Henryk Arctowski. 1908. P. 55. Plate I.
Picture courtesy NOAA