March 1945 - January 1946
Although the Eagle had left on 1 March 1945 to check on Deception Island, with whom they had lost radio contact after a small fire, it had returned on 12 March to continue unloading cargo. On 17 March a violent storm snapped the Eagle’s anchor and it was hit by two icebergs, causing significant damage to the ship. The ship was forced to leave immediately for Stanley, still carrying a significant proportion of Hope Bay’s cargo. With no other ships able to reach them before winter, the men were forced to make do with the supplies that they had and complete construction of the base alone. Although not as comfortable as Port Lockroy, the men still managed to complete significant scientific work by the time of their relief in January 1946, including an 800km sledging trip, as well as glaciology and geology.