Blogs from Port Lockroy 17/18 Season

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.

05 March 2018
Leaving our lovely Lockroy

With just a few days left before we leave Port Lockroy, the time has come to write the final blog. We have our last ship visit today, which then leaves us two days to finish closing down the base at the end of another successful season. We have welcomed over 17,000 visitors since November, from almost 150 ship visits, and around 60 yachts. We have seen everything from a solo yachtsman to a 500 passenger cruise ship, as well as super yachts complete with submersible and helicopter. And as our young penguin chicks are now enjoying their first baths and swimming lessons, we feel like we really have experienced a full season of life at Lockroy...

26 February 2018
Port Lockroy from the outside looking in

This week’s blog will have a slightly different tone to usual as I thought it would be interesting for me to write from my perspective, as a new member of the team. Hannelore mentioned in her post last week that I arrived on Goudier Island on February 12th.

I joined the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust as the Antarctic Operations Manager in May 2016 and I feel very lucky to have such an incredible job. I work for the Trust full time with a team of dedicated people based in the UK who all work extremely hard to plan the season ahead in various ways. We work behind the scenes making sure everything...

19 February 2018
Coming to an end

To find some inspiration for this week’s blog I am writing to you from the chains landing site on a mystical and magical morning. Although impossible to capture in any picture, I will try and share this special moment with you.

The natural harbour of Port Lockroy, named during Charcot's first expedition in 1904, is right now a breath-taking watercolour with fog-like curtains hiding all the surrounding mountains. Doumer Island's glacier wall is lit up and the sky is greyish with some blue tones. The bay is flat calm, with only a few ripples here and there from the proposing penguins and a breaching Minke whale...

12 February 2018
A visit from IAATO

At 1.5°C outside and with 40 knot winds howling by and rain pinging off the chimney, instead of my previous blog writing position sitting outside in the sun, I find myself today huddled up indoors with the fire on in 11°C. With this morning’s ship visit cancelled due to the wind, this gives us time to get on with other important jobs, and with only one month left here, we are already working on tasks that need to be completed before we leave...

05 February 2018
In love with Lockroy

This is my first blog since arriving and I thought that it would be interesting to tell you a little bit about my association with Port Lockroy, before I update you with what we have been doing on our special little island for the last week. Just imagine what the original base members in 1944 would have thought of sending out a blog from their base; they had very limited communications in those days.

My love for Port Lockroy began in 1996 while I was working for The British Antarctic Survey on board the RRS Bransfield. The ship called at Port Lockroy to drop off the team of carpenters and conservators, who were assigned to restore the base. It was ironic that the RRS Bransfield was providing the support to restore Bransfield House (Base A)...

29 January 2018
Three to four

Following Julia’s unfortunate departure, we have been running the base as a team of 3 for the past couple of weeks. As a result, the few slots that were still open in our schedule for ship visits were blocked so that we could catch up on some of the tasks we don’t have time to do whilst we prepare a visit and welcome passengers ashore. So at the beginning of the week, a rare window of sun enabled Hannah to continue the maintenance of Bransfield House whilst Hannelore took measurements to improve cupboards and update information boards and I caught up on forms and reports related to my new responsibilities. Indeed, though all team members are involved in all the activities on base, we are all responsible for different areas of work. As Base Leader, Hannelore coordinates all tasks on base as well as the ship schedule. But these are not her only duties. She is also in charge of the maintenance of the buildings and the artefact survey inside the museum...

22 January 2018
Our Cosy Home

Dear followers, family and friends, we hope you have had a lovely week. For us, this week ended with our 'ship free day' and for a change we spent most of our time inside the Nissen doing different work-related and personal tasks. The Nissen hut, one of the three buildings on Goudier island, is the black iron corrugated building, which is a reconstruction of the original one built in 1944. Many of you will have seen the Nissen hut's exterior either on pictures or during your visit, but very few will have seen the inside of our cozy little home, so I thought it would be nice to give you a little tour.

15 January 2018
Briefings and questions – Life at Port Lockroy past and present

So mid-January marks about the half-way point of our time here at Port Lockroy, and already we have seen so many changes. From the team initially digging their way in through the snow to find the doors and the first eggs being laid and then later hatching, to now the oldest chicks taking their first wobbly steps out of their nests. Only about 15% of the island is still hidden under the last remaining snow, and avalanches and glacier calvings are now frequent occurrences...

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