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Feb 1, 2015 - Port Lockroy, Antarctica

Sunday, February 1 Port Lockroy and the Gerlach Strait Tim Sopor offered an early morning, 6 am, kayak tour. Barry and I passed, but we did get to the zodiac landings at Port Lockroy later in the morning. There was the usual red slimy excrement from krill-eating penguins, and an added spectacle of an enormous whale skeleton. Cormorants were also nest nearby the Gentoos. The penguin chicks we saw here, however, were older and fatter. They had started their “creching” behavior, when the teenagers start to gang up together. In fact, we saw a...

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Feb 22, 2014 - penguins Penguins Everywhere

Sailing last night was rough! The ship was rocking and rolling and because our beds are positioned perpendicular to the movement of the ship we were sliding up and down in the bed. This morning we stopped at Petermann Island we wandered among the Gentoo and a few Adelie penguins. Lots of molting going on! It was fun to watch the baby chicks chasing the mother trying to get fed! She didn't want to feed them and would go running off and they would chase after her sometimes falling! There were some very fat chicks here! We then sailed through...

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The 7th Continent

Nov 26, 2011 - Antarctica Friday - Orne Harbo; Saturday - Port Lockroy & Danco Island

Antarctica - Friday - Orne Harbor Nov 25, 2011 The plan was to follow the Lemaire Channel and have landings on Peterman Island and zodiac-cruise Port Charcot, but the channel was blocked by a lot of ice. Even the larger "National Geographic Explorer" ship had turned back and our captain, despite the fact that our ship is ice certified, went as far as possible and then also turned around and took us into Orne Harbor where the spectacular brilliance of the sun made the glaciers and snow covered hills just glow. A short voyage after lunch...

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Jan 3, 2011 - Port Lockroy

The days we spend in Antarctica proceed with wonder and leisure combined with routine and process; there´s the cheerful wakeup call followed by breakfast in the dining room. Though first a trip to the lounge for a decent cup a joe, as the machine dispensed version there is far better than that served in the dining room. The routine then entails suiting up in layers of warm, wind & waterproof clothing topped off with the Zodiac lifejackets ( a lighter version than the standard for ship evacuations). Excursion to land for penguins, birds,...

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Jan 2, 2011 - Antarctica Continent

The Drake Passage crossing was filled more with trepidation than actual discomfort. The seas were rolling 10 to 20 foot swells. The prevailing winds, currents, and the ship´s direction resulted in a lulling like the rocking of a cradle. Sea legs came quickly as spent most of day walking the ship and visiting with the bridge crew. And sighting birds from the outside decks. The only missing item were the stars; is was overcast, though the sun shone through from 04:30 till 23:30; e.g., there was only maybe 5 hours of kind-a-dark. The size of...

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Nov 10, 2010 - Boat Day 5

this morning we woke up to .5 mile visibility, 40 knot winds, and snow - so no landings today. we sailed through the Lemaire Channel down to the southern most point of the trip - 65 degrees 04's, 63 degrees 57'w. one the way, there was a spotting of a minke whale, we did not see it. Also there was a leopard seal on an ice float, we were able to take some photos of it. since there were no landings, we turned around and heading north again and anchored at Port Lockroy. This is a British Antarctic base with a gift shop and post office. the 3...

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Nov 23, 2009 - Antarctica Trip - Day 7

Today we have had an early morning start. We have spent the night anchored in Port Lockroy and we have today visited the old British base in Port Lockroy - Base A. We have been very well educated about the base from a video shown last night. The history of the base is somewhat curious and it’s not fully known why the base was set up. Some claim that the British base was set up for scientific research whereas some claim that it was set up during to monitor German activity in the area during WWII. Others claim that it was a dummy operation...

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Dec 31, 2007 - Port Lockeroy

This has been a pretty easy day hanging out until our zodiac expedition to Port Lockeroy. This is the first time we'd actually get to land. We were one of the latest groups out for this launch, so we were watching from the sidelines for much of the day. The weather was again alternating snow and rain. At lunch yesterday following the penguin lecture (and the silly questions which followed), we sat around trying to come up with the dumbest questions possible. When Veronica ran into the "Penguin Guy" later, she deadpanned,"So, now what is it...

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Antarctica 2008

Dec 19, 2007 - Port Lockroy, the Lemaire Channel and Vernadsky Station

First thing this morning, our boat stops off at one of the research stations down here, Palmer Station, and picks up a number of its staff to spend the day with us visiting other stations in the "neighborhood". Palmer Station is the largest U.S. station on the peninsula, and we are also visiting Port Lockroy, a British installation that is the home of the Antarctic Heritage Foundation and Vernadsky Station, which is a scientific station formerly manned by the Brits and now by Ukranians. So, the first stop after breakfast is Port Lockroy....

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Dec 12, 2007 - Antarctica: Danco Island, Neko Harbour and Port Lockroy

Day 6 – Antarctic silence Everyone’s motto this morning was ’you can sleep when you’re dead’ as all bleary-eyed we hop on to the Zodiacs at a sprightly 530am and head for Danco Island to visit the Gentoo penguin colony there and check out the view. The Gentoo’s look bemused but are also ambivalent to the human invaders walking all over their island. Hiking up to the top of the plateau you culdn't help just standing and staring in awe at the amazing 360 degree panorama before you. I then had one of the most incredible experiences of the trip...

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EZ Duz it!

Nov 19, 2006 - Antarctica Day 6: Cuverville Island; Port Lockroy

Today's morning landing was at Cuverville Island. Here we enjoyed the antics of Gentoo penguins. In the afternoon, we landed at Port Lockroy, a UK scientific and historic station. Here we could get our passports stamped and visit a small museum and gift shop. Perhaps the most interesting event was seeing two of Port Lockroy's residents come aboard Explorer to take a shower.

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