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Wreck of the Bayard, Ocean Harbour, South Georgia

This picture is looking from stern to bow, the bowsprit can be seen at the far end of the ship.

The Bayard is a three masted iron hulled sailing ship built in Liverpool in 1864 and wrecked at South Georgia in 1911. Towards the end of her life she was being used as a coaling ship for a whaling station. On the 6th of June 1911, she broke free from her moorings on the north side of Ocean Harbour on the coaling pier. She was blown across the harbour by a northerly gale where she was holed and sank in 3m of water.

The wooden decks have rotted away and become colonized by tussock grass, blue-eyed shags nest amongst  the tussock grass and can be seen on the deck.

 

These are pictures from a trip to Antarctica in the summer of 2010 - 2011 for the purpose of researching former whaling stations and companies by Ulf Gustafsson of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Pictures copyright Ulf Gustafsson.

   

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