Deception Island

Deception Island

We arrived early in the morning off the Needles rocks and landed our guests ashore in a huge Chin Strap Penguin colony. One of the biggest here with around 250,000!

After that quite smelly stroll we moved inside the Extinct (We hoped) Volcano Crater, although the beaches still steam and the water just under the surface of the sand is very hot.

We anchored very close off the shore. in fact the stern was about 20m off the shallows! Deception was an old Whaling station in the 19th and 20th century's and the destruction to the Southern whale population was immense but it was the factory ships in the 1930's that really killed off the populations. However this is also the place that when stranded Shackleton could not get to as it was up wind but only 130nm, and he instead did his famous trip to Elephant Island and South Georgia to the whaling stations there .Considerably further and although mostly downwind it was across the southern oceans much larger seas.

Photo by Richard Drone Smith

Photo by Richard Drone Smith