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Grytviken, South Georgia

Looking down at Grytviken, South Georgia. The brown rusting structures of all sizes and shapes date from the whaling station which was last used in 1965, an old whale catcher boat can be seen sunk and resting on the sea bottom at the centre of the picture.

In the distance is the restored and maintained whalers church.

The white building with the red roof to the right of the picture in the distance is the old whaling station managers villa which now houses the South Georgia Museum.

The research station at King Edward Point is to the right of this picture, just out of sight.

Grytviken is the site of an abandoned whaling station and currently active British Antarctic Survey research base on the north coast of South Georgia at 54° 17'S, 36° 30'W.

The name means "pot cove" in Swedish, so called in 1902 by Johan Gunnar Anderson after the old "try pots" he found there, a relic of earlier activity by English sealers.

Grytviken is a very popular site for tourist ships to visit.


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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