Thursday, 28 December 2017
28.12.2017 - 28.12.2017
Awoke to a dull overcast day with low temperature and strong winds. Our ship entered into the harbour of a historic British base set up during WWII to monitor ship movements in the Southern Oceans. The base was abandoned and parts have been restored by a Historic Trust featuring a museum and the world's Southernmost Post Office. It is staffed by four volunteers for four months each year to keep this part of the Antarctic History alive. One of the staff came aboard and explained the operation. She expressed her delight at being chosen to come aboard as it will provide her with an opportunity for a shower.
Just after we arrived and the zodiacs were being deployed I experienced strong stomach cramps. It would appear that I have a case of diarrhoea.
Imposed voluntary isolation and Jenny reported my situation to the purser. The doctor will drop in and determine what's to be done. Doctor is happy that my condition is Irritable Bowel Syndrome and unlikely to be infectious but would like me to stay confined for about 24 hours.
Jenny continues to look after me and has braved the cold to take some photos for me.
During World War II, the British military Operation Tabarin established the Port Lockroy Station A on tiny Goudier Island in the bay, which continued to operate as a British research station until January 16, 1962.
During 1996, the Port Lockroy base was renovated and is now a museum and post office operated by the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust.
It is one of the most popular tourist destinations for expedition-ship passengers in Antarctica. Proceeds from the small souvenir shop fund the maintenance of the site and other historic sites and monuments in Antarctica. The Trust collects data for the British Antarctic Survey to observe the effect of tourism on penguins. Half the island is open to tourists, while the other half is reserved for penguins. A staff of four typically process 70,000 pieces of mail sent by 18,000 visitors that arrive during the five month Antarctic cruise season. A souvenir passport stamp is also offered to visitors.
Stay healthy and safe.
Cheers .. Tony