Visiting Horseshoe Island

Horseshoe, Base Y, is situated on Horseshoe Island in Marguerite Bay (67°48'S, 67°18'W). In addition to the base building there is a weather balloon shed, pup pens, an emergency store, two pram dinghies and a winch around the base. Find out information such as the preferred landing site and where to find the key along with important guidelines that must be followed.

Building guide

The historic site is situated in Bourgeois Fjord on Horseshoe Island and comprises a main hut and several smaller buildings and other structures. The main hut has a hall, bunkroom, lounge, kitchen, radio room, generator room, sledge workshop and wc. There is also an attic space, which for safety reasons, is off limits. Outside there is dog kennel, a small storage shed and the balloon shed – used for launching meteorological balloons. There are also three aerial masts, an anemometer tower and structures for Stephenson screens for meteorological recordings. Two pram dinghies rest in the small cove to the north of the hut.

 Please take note of the following during your visit:

  1. The preferred landing site is in Sally Cove to the south of the hut. 
  2. Ensure all outdoor clothing and boots are clean before entering the building. Please use the boot scrubber provided. 
  3. The hut windows are all covered with fixed shutters and so electric torches will be needed to see anything of the interior. 
  4. The site is a Historic Site and Monument and therefore overnight stays should not be made. Please do not handle, use or remove any artefacts or sit on chairs and other furniture. 
  5. Visitors should not access any of the secondary huts or other structures. 
  6. Please do not smoke or use matches, candles or stoves in or around the building. 
  7. Leave a record of your visit in the visitor book and please report any damage to the hut or its contents or maintenance required to the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust: info@ukaht.org 
  8. A designated cleaning kit is kept in the porch. Please ensure that the hut is clean on your departure and that snow/water is mopped up from the floors. 
  9. Please ensure that the doors and windows are securely closed when you leave.

For all official guidelines and specific instructions please refer to the Horseshoe Island Antarctic Treaty Visitor Site Guide.

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