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Dec 28, 2017 - Point Wild Elephant Island

Out for a short walk on the outside deck, very cold and windy with nothing to sea except white top waves, and it is snowing. A bit of breakfast and some work on gettting my pictures ready toWe arrive at the tip of Elephant Island at 11:00 AM, was a bit tougher ride with lots of white topped waves, with a very cold wind coming across the bow. The fog has lifted some so we can see the shore line, the captain turns the ship around and backs in so we can see the statue of Shackleton on Elephant Island, lots of big iceberg in the area some lager...

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Jan 27, 2017 - Elephant Island, Antartica

We arrived at Elephant Island early in the morning and were one of the first groups to leave the ship for a zodiac tour around the exact spot where 22 of Shackleton’s men lived for 135 days. While Shackleton and 5 of his men set off in the life boat, James Caird, with hopes of finding South Georgia, his other 22 men that were aboard the Endurance were left on Elephant Island, not knowing if someone would ever come back for them. They lived in two turned over life boats that they made beds in. The tiny island was practically inhabitable for...

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Feb 3, 2015 - Elephant Island: an Explosion of Whales

Tues, Feb 3 Day 8 Elephant Island We sighted Elephant Island at midday, just a huge mountain of snow-capped rock rising out of the sea. Our southerly approach to the island showed us the first beach where the Shackleton party of 28 men first landed after spending over a year on sea ice during their ill-fated expedition in 1914-17. Not satisfied with the narrow beach, Shackleton sent a crew member named Wild to sail around the island looking for a more sheltered spot. So it was that the party moved to Point Wild on the northern shore, 10K...

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Jan 29, 2012 - Heading for Antarctica

Palms trees are a distant memory as the air temperature has dropped into the high 30s and there is a fog. We are heading for the Antarctica Peninsula. It stretches northward from the White Continent (Antarctica) like a giant finger beckoning us to come. We have a series of hopeful spots to cruise near but there are no places where we will be able to go ashore over the next 4 days. As the captain recently said, “we are going to wing it” based on weather and icebergs. Interestingly, an iceberg captain came aboard in Buenos Aires. He spends...

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Nov 14, 2010 - Boat Day 9

we arrived at Elephant Island and did a zodiac cruise of Point Wild. Murray stayed on board the ship as the waters were very rough. Point Wild is best known as the site where Frank Wild, second-in-command on Ernest Shackleton's Endurance expedition of 1914-16, looked after the welfare of 21 men while Shackleton and five other sailed off to look for help. The men hunkered down on Elephant Island for 105 days, they lived in a make shift hut constructed from two overturned boats, stone walls, and sail cloth in the middle of a penguin rookery....

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Mar 12, 2010 - Elephant Island

We left South Georgia on the afternoon of the 9th heading towards Elephant Island and the Antarctic. The seas were building and conditions onboard were getting rougher. During the evening my sister, Jeanette fell down a flight of stairs on her way to dinner and knocked herself out! She remained concussed throughout most of the night and after consultation with the doctor onboard, the decision was taken to do a medical evacuation. Unfortunately, Jeanette picked about the remotest part of the voyage. South Georgia has not got an airstrip and...

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Feb 7, 2010 - Antarctic Peninsula scenic cruising of Elelphant Island, Antarctic Sound

What is Elephant Island? The island is approximately an east to west orientation, with a maximum elevation of 2795 ft (852 m) above sea level at Pardo Ridge. Significant named features of the island are Cape Yelcho, Cape Valentine and Cape Lookout at its northeastern and southernmost extremes, and Point Wild, a spit of land on its northern coast. The Endurance Glacier is the main discharge glacier on the island. The island supports no significant flora or native fauna although migratory Gentoo penguins and seals may be found on its shores,...

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Feb 24, 2008 - Day 14 - Elephant Island

We got up early this morning in hopes of being blessed with good light and icebergs on our approach to Elephant Island. Off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, Elephant Island is part of the Shetland Island group. It is most famous as the place where Ernest Shackleton and his crew of 28 sought refuge in 1916, when their ship Endurance was lost, trapped in Weddell Sea ice. Because there was no chance of rescue by any passing ships, Shackleton decided to try and make his way to a remote whaling station on South Georgia Island, over 800...

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Jan 15, 2008 - Antarctica day 1

What an incredible day. I thought I knew what MAJESTIC was after experiencing Alaska but the Antarctic is unbelievable. Today I awoke early and made my way down to a breakfast of papaya, pineapple juice, coffee, toast, scrambled eggs with salmon and onions and a jelly doughnut all the while feasting my eyes upon icebergs, glaciers and amazing wildlife. We saw a whale, scores of penguins jumping in and out of the water like flying fish, albatross, petrals, glaciers that dwarf anything I've seen in the Arctic and Alaska and scenery that makes...

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Dec 9, 2007 - Antarctica: Crossing the Drake to see the Elephant

Day 2 and 3 – Rocking and a rolling with Drake The day started of a little earlier than planned as I find myself grabbing for anything solid to stop myself from being flung feet first through the porthole courtesy of my Drake Passage 5am wake up call. Sleeping wasn’t easy at all as the swells intensified and come breakfast time numbers were half as The Drake had taken its first victims. Lunch and dinner were an interesting affair as everyone adopted various different methods to keep food on the plate my personal favourite was the 'eat and...

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Jan 31, 2007 - Below 60 degrees South

After leaving Port Stanley, Falkland Islands we continued south and had a day at sea. Last night shortly after midnight we heard the fog horn sounding. I opened our window, actually turned on the tv as we are in an inside room, and sure enough, it was thick outside. The horn was still going when I went to sleep. This morning it was still somewhat foggy, but we did have some visibility. We arrived off Elephant Island and spent the morning in that area. Early on we also had some snow flurries We saw low rocky mountains, glaciers both small...

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Nov 16, 2006 - Antarctica Day 3: Arriving In Antarctica; Elephant Island

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2006. ELEPHANT ISLAND, ANTARCTICA. After 47 hours of sailing, we had our first glimpse of Antarctica. It was an incredible sight to see the brilliant white islands and icebergs that make up the Antarctic penninsula. Here the seas were a lot calmer than in the Drake Passage. On the top observation deck, the temperature was about 0 degrees Centigrade, not counting the wind chill. We headed directly to Elephant Island, an historically significant island. It was here that explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922) left...

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