Monthly Archives: January 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.
Monday Travel Update – Falkland Island Edition
As I am writing this, I am somewhere in the South Atlantic between the Falkland Islands and South Georgia Island on the M/S Expedition.
We set sail late on Thursday through the Beagle Channel from Ushuaia. The ride thought the channel was deceptively smooth as I found out on Friday.
Friday was spent at sea as we heading towards the Falklands. The seas were very choppy and many people on board, including myself, were sick the entire day. I have an app on my iPhone that measures angles and I set it up to see just how much the ship was rocking. I measures a peak of 10 degrees and I’m quite sure there were times when it hit 11 or 12 when I wasn’t measuring.