The Dragon Wagon

The Dragon Wagon
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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Antarctic Adventure - Day 15

On November 21st, our ship arrived at bleak Elephant Island and anchored near Point Wild.  Elephant Island is where the crew of Ernest Shackleton's ship Endurance finally was able to reach land after their ship had been crushed in the pack ice of the Weddell Sea about 5 months earlier.  It was from here that Ernest Shackleton and five others set sail in one of their three small life boats, to sail 800 nautical miles across one of the roughest oceans in the world, to seek help from the whaling stations on South Georgia Island.

Elephant Island

Nearby Clarence Island

Point Wild, where most of Ernest Shackleton's men waited for over four months for rescue (not knowing if Shackleton had made it).  They survived here eating penguins and seals while living under the two remaining lifeboats overturned on rock walls.

The ship anchored between Point Wild and
Cape Belsham.

The ship was dwarfed by the glacier we anchored near.

Shipmates exploring the area by zodiac

The Chinstrap Penguins had just returned to their nesting sites (notice how pristine the snow is).

A Chinstrap Penguin diving into the ocean

A shag (cormorant) overhead

We were even able to see a Snow Lion.

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