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The Orwell Factory Whaler
Base H - Signy Island Antarctica

Photograph courtesy R. Burton

The Orwell was a whaling ship that had to be at anchor in order to process whales which was largely carried out alongside with cranes and winches hauling blubber aboard. Later factory ships with a stern slipway were devised (by Petter Sorlle as it happens, the man who named Signy after his wife) that could process whales on the open sea so freeing them up from a shore station and not having to pay for licenses from the Falkland Islands government.

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This picture is one of a collection assembled in 2007 on the 60th anniversary of Signy Island Base: 60°43'S 045°36'W. Thank you to those who sent their treasured memories of their time in Antarctica and allowed them to be made into a commemorative cd and then placed here on the web.

The reunion weekend was 14-16 September 2007.

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