Latest Blogs from Port Lockroy

An important part of what we do is bringing to life the human stories of Antarctica. Every year our team, who are based in Port Lockroy, Antarctica during the Austral summer, write a weekly blog to tell the story of what it is like to live and work in this exciting place. Read the latest blog posts from the team here.

11 December 2017
Many visitors and some unexpected ones!

Our little Goudier Island is getting busier and we’ve enjoyed at least one ship visit every day this week, with our first all-female cruise and our first sailing yacht of the season. The museum and gift shop have been the centre of attention and we’ve felt honoured to share some the stories of the base with passengers but we’ve also been busy restocking the shop and Post Office. Thankfully our next cargo drop is due to arrive soon and we’ll have plenty more postcards for people to send home. We are very thankful to all our visitors as they have all contributed to the work of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, whether it has been by showing interest in what we do or by helping fund our conservation work, here at Port Lockroy and at the other five historic sites managed by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust.   

04 December 2017
What a difference a day makes!

The weather doesn’t just change dramatically from day to day but within the same day too!

We woke on Monday to glorious sunshine and blue skies but we were still locked in by the sea ice. The wind had not changed direction so there was lots of ice blocking all of the landing points. Two ships were scheduled to visit us that day but unfortunately they had to cancel as they were unable to land. As we are never short of things to do, we soon occupied ourselves with organising the merchandise in the shop, Hannelore spent time with Hannah showing her around and familiarising her with day to day life on the base to get her up to speed. Whilst I was busy receiving shop stock and liaising with head office about a few things, Sophie was out looking at the penguin colonies in preparation for the count the next day. Hannah then began sorting out the post office stock...

27 November 2017
Adventurous comings and goings

I am writing you from my bunk in the bedroom, tucked in my cosy warm duvet. Although it is still light outside, it is getting close to midnight at Lockroy. We have been here for 10 days now, but it feels more like a month. So much has happened. For all of you who read the last blog post, you’ll know that we managed to get into Port Lockroy, and once again the flag is flying at Base A...

20 November 2017
South to the Ice

After enjoying Argentine hospitality the time arrived for us to set sail South. Our great thanks go to the One Ocean team for hosting us onboard MS Akademik Ioffe. We wouldn’t be the first to contemplate the impending crossing of the Drake Passage with some trepidation, but any concerns we had were premature. To our relief and delight our two-day crossing was a smooth one accompanied by sea birds of the Southern Ocean, including the majestic Great Wandering Albatross, and the calm waters were ideal for whale spotting. We saw Fin, Humpback, Orca and even the elusive Blue Whale...

06 November 2017
Voyage to ‘the end of the Earth’

After a busy training week, we all went our separate ways for a week to pack all our gear and get ready for the Antarctic season ahead of us. The whole Port Lockroy team was to meet again in Cambridge one last time before setting off on separate journeys down to Ushuaia in Argentina and Stanley on the Falkland Islands.

Hannah and I arrived at the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust offices one day before Julia and Hannelore. As Hannah helped the staff prepare all our folders and manuals that will be helping us set up and manage the Port Lockroy operation, I had another meeting with Mike Dunn, whom we had met during training week, so he could explain in detail how to carry out the gentoo colony survey...

31 October 2017
Trained up, kitted out, and raring to go!

Last week, the four Port Lockroy team members, Base leader Hannelore, Julia, Sophie, and I, Hannah, reunited in Cambridge ahead of our six days of training to prepare us for our season ahead. We hadn’t seen each other since the selection back in May when Hannelore was the only one who knew she would be going south again, and the rest of us waited in hope.

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