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Stromness Bay
Stromness Bay with (left to right) Husvik, Stromness,
and Leith Harbour (NASA imagery).

Stromness Bay is a bay 3 miles (4.8 km) wide, entered between Cape Saunders and Busen Point on the north coast of South Georgia.

Stromness Bay, like Leith Harbour takes its name from a location in Scotland, Stromness, on the Orkney Mainland. This is partially because both places called Stromness were whaling centres.

History[edit]

It was probably first seen in 1775 by Captain James Cook, and named in about 1912, presumably by Norwegian whalers who frequented its harbours.

Its historical significance is that it represents the destination of Ernest Shackleton's epic rescue journey in 1916.

During the Second World War the whaling stations were closed excepting Grytviken and Leith Harbour. Most of the British and Norwegian whaling factories and catchers were destroyed by German raiders, while the rest were called up to serve under Allied command. The resident British Magistrates (W. Barlas and A.I. Fleuret) attended to the island’s defense throughout the War. The Royal Navy armed the merchant vessel Queen of Bermuda to patrol South Georgian and Antarctic waters, and deployed two four-inch guns at key locations protecting the approaches to Cumberland Bay and Stromness Bay, i.e. to Grytviken and Leith Harbour respectively. These batteries (still present) were manned by volunteers from among the Norwegian whalers who were trained for the purpose.

The three whaling stations, Husvik, Stromness and Leith Harbour were linked by a rough track along the beach. During the whaling era, whalers from Stromness and Husvik would use it to get to Leith Harbour to use the island's one cinema.

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 54°9′S 36°38′W / 54.150°S 36.633°W / -54.150; -36.633 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Geological Survey document "Stromness Bay" (content from the Geographic Names Information System).


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40 news items

Bedford Today

Bedford Today
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 06:28:48 -0800

Next year marks the centenary of his safe arrival at the Stromness Bay whaling station, and we're joined on board by a team of young explorers sponsored by the Antarctic Heritage Trust, who are planning to replicate his journey on skis. Next year ...

thejournal.ie

thejournal.ie
Wed, 13 Jan 2016 22:07:51 -0800

O'Shea, who also crossed the Greenland ice cap last year, said the group had planned to trek the same route taken by Shackleton to reach the Stromness Bay whaling station. However, at 15 degrees Celsius, the weather was too warm to risk travelling ...

Irish Independent

Irish Independent
Thu, 17 Dec 2015 04:11:15 -0800

Next year marks the centenary of his safe arrival at the Stromness Bay whaling station, and we're joined on board by a team of young explorers sponsored by the Antarctic Heritage Trust, who are planning to replicate his journey on skis. In 2016 ...

Yorkshire Evening Post

Yorkshire Evening Post
Sat, 26 Dec 2015 10:56:15 -0800

Next year marks the centenary of his safe arrival at the Stromness Bay whaling station, and we're joined on board by a team of young explorers sponsored by the Antarctic Heritage Trust, who are planning to replicate his journey on skis. Our 14-day trip ...

The Australian

The Australian
Fri, 10 Apr 2015 07:36:33 -0700

Our spines tingled as we recalled Shackleton's account: “It was the first sound created outside human agency that had come to our ears since we left Stromness Bay in December 1914 … that whistle told us that men were living near … pain and ache, boat ...

Toronto Star

Toronto Star
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:13:06 -0800

At the far end of the plateau, a magnificent view of Stromness Bay. Three hours have passed and the Vavilov looks like a toy in the bay. Shackleton saw something similar — whale catchers and smoke coming from the station. He looked for a way down and ...

PRI

PRI
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:52:30 -0800

This male Southern elephant seal was tagged on the Edwards Islands as part of the iSTAR project. A telemetry tag designed by the Sea Mammal Research Unit is attached to fur on its head with epoxy glue. The tag, which sends back ocean temperature and ...

NatGeo News Watch (blog)

NatGeo News Watch (blog)
Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:26:15 -0700

While a group decides to follow Shackleton's Route and hike from Stromness Bay, I am automatically drawn by the playful pup fur seals surfing the waves at the shore. My first impression is that I am looking at a scene similar to what humans living on ...
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