Trip Start Dec 07, 2010
66Trip End Jan 14, 2011
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Ten days ago the ship could not enter this area due to the ice build up.
Petermann Island & PlÚneau Bay
Sunrise: 02:44 Sunset: 11:58
Petermann Island lies at 65░10,5' South, and is the southernmost point of nesting Gentoo Penguins. We will also see Adelie Penguins, Blue-eyed Shags and South Polar Skuas. Petermann was discovered by a German expedition in 1873-4 and is named after the German geographer August Petermann. There is an abandoned Argentine refuge hut which is used occasionally by Antarctic base workers who want to ┤vacation┤ away from base.
PlÚneau Island was named during Charcot’s 1903-1905 French Antarctic Expedition for the expedition’s photographer, Paul PlÚneau. There are Gentoo penguins, kelp gulls and south polar Skuas breeding on PlÚneau Island.
07:30 We will be cruising through the Lemaire Channel.
09:00 Landing: We will have a landing at Petermann Island. The disembarkation order will be Ross, Shackleton, Scott, and Amundsen.
14:00 Zodiac Cruise: We will begin our Zodiac cruise in PlÚneau Bay. At this time we will call groups Scott and Amundsen.
15:30 Zodiac Cruise: Groups Ross and Shackleton will be called for the Zodiac cruise in PlÚneau Bay.
18:30 Recap and Briefing: Please join the Expedition Staff in the Discovery Lounge for a recap of the day’s events and an overview of tomorrow’s itinerary.
21:00 Movie: We will be showing a movie about Port Lockroy
On January 5th, 1922 Sir Ernest Shackleton died aboard the ship Quest, in the harbor of Grytviken, South Georgia.
by Scott MacPhail & Osi Shahaf
Wednesday, 5th January 2011
This Day in Polar History:
1922, Sir Ernest Shackleton dies aboard the ship Quest, in the harbour Grytviken, in South Georgia.
"Much of our finest art is surpassed by Nature.... Once wedded to Nature there is no divorce-separate from her you may and hide yourself amongst the flesh-pots of London, but the wild will keep calling and calling for ever in your ears. You cannot escape the 'little voices'."
Frank Wild (Shackleton’s second in command)
We awoke this morning to another wonderful scene of mountains and snow.
We were making our way to the entrance of the Lemaire Channel, which we hoped to navigate through, in order to arrive at our morning destination. The fog was thick as we made our way south, but the Captain was able to manoeuver the ship to Petermann Island and our first landing to the day. This is where the French explorer Charcot, wintered over in 1909 in his ship the Porquois-pas. We all had a great time wandering around the island, observing the Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins with their chicks. Some of us visited the Weddell seal that was sleeping the morning away, and a number of folks went over to the high cliffs and looked over at the icebergs locked into the bay. It was a great morning for all.