Yesterday morning marked our final shore landing of the trip. It was definitely a bittersweet moment; great because we were getting to visit Port Lockroy, sad because this was it. Port Lockroy, originally established as a whaling station then converted into a base by the British during World War II, is now a civilian manned station, complete with a gift shop and post office. There are four people currently living there, 3 Brits and an American. Two of them came on board the ship this morning for a shower, hot breakfast and to give us an overview of the island. He also brought the good news that a number of eggs had hatched on the island so that we’d finally be able to get some good views of baby penguins.
The group was split in three, and our first stop was the rookery to see a mixture of blue eyed shags and penguins. There were also a number of whale bones along the shore that made for some great pictures. Moored in the same harbor was a sailboat and Eric told us that this was often times a starting point for some of the climbing that happened along the peninsula, or skiing that happened on the mountain on the other side of the harbor.