Daily Archives: January 20, 2012
8 Things You Might Not Have Known About South Georgia Island
I’m currently on the M/S Expedition just off the coast of South Georgia Island. This is one of the most incredible places I have ever visited and few people even know it exists. When incredible meets the unknown, it is time for another installment of “8 Things….”
1) It is a British Territory
South Georgia is part of “South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands” which is a British Overseas Territory and overseas territory of the European Union. It was first sighted by Captain Cook in 1775 who named it after King George III. It was primarily used as a whaling station between 1905 and 1966. There are no permanent inhabitants of South Georgia. There is a small scientific staff and a two museum staff at Grytviken who are semi-permanent residents. The commissioner of South Georgia is also the Governor of the Falkland Islands who operates out of Stanley. There are South Georgia stamps which are issued for collectors and tourists.