Other Historic Sites

We manage five further former British Bases on the Antarctic Peninsula and maintain a heritage interest in others, such as Deception Island and the Heroic era huts in the Ross Sea. Each site tells a unique story of discovery and scientific exploration from the sledging trips of Horseshoe, to the chequered history of Deception Island which started as a whaling station and later became a research base during Operation Tabarin. Come and explore the historic sites and their fascinating histories.

 

Damoy Hut, HSM no. 84
Dorian Bay

Damoy Hut which stands in Dorian Bay on Wiencke Island (64° 49’S, 63°31’W) is the most modern of Britain’s Historic Sites and Monuments in Antarctica. The hut was, for a number of years, a British summer air facility and transit station for scientists travelling further south to scientific stations.

Detaille Island, HSM no. 83
Base W, Crystal Sound

Detaille Island hut was established in 1956 as a British science base used primarily for mapping, geology and meteorology as well as to contribute to the science programmes of the International Geophysical Year in 1957. Located in the Lallemand Fjord, off the Loubet Coast this small island (66°52’S, 66°38’W) south of the Antarctic Circle is in an area most commonly referred to as Crystal Sound.

Horseshoe Island, HSM no. 63
Base Y, Marguerite Bay

Horseshoe (67°48'S, 67°18'W) was established as a scientific base in March 1955 and closed in August 1960. Research carried out here included geology, meteorology and topographic survey. Extensive survey trips covering hundreds of miles and lasting several months were often undertaken from the station using dog teams and sledges.

Stonington Island, HSM no. 64
Base E, Marguerite Bay

Stonington (68°11'S, 67°00'W) was established in February 1946 and operated from 1946–50 and then again from 1960–75 after which the base permanently closed. This building is the second British hut built on the island and was originally used as a base for sledging operations in the area.

Wordie House, HSM no. 62
Base F, Argentine Islands

Wordie House was established on 7 January 1947, on Winter Island (65°15'S, 64°16'W). The hut is named after James Wordie, the chief scientist and geologist on Shackleton's Endurance expedition of 1914–17. In later years, he was also an advisor to Operation Tabarin. The hut stands on the foundations of an earlier building, used by the British Graham Land Expedition from 1935–36. The original hut was destroyed in 1946; possibly by a tsunami.

Whalers Bay, HSM no. 71
Base B, South Shetland Islands

The base at Whalers Bay was established as part of Operation Tabarin during the Second World War. Whalers Bay (62°57'S, 60°38'W) is a sheltered harbour in Deception Island located immediately to the northeast after passing through the narrow opening known as Neptune’s Bellows. The island has a distinctive horseshoe shape, which was created by the sunken caldera of an active volcano.

Ross Sea and Other Important Huts

Explore more human stories of Antarctic explorers of years gone by, through the huts they stayed in.

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