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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.


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.

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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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13 news items

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 ...


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 ...


Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:56:54 -0800

THE Commissioner of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Colin Roberts, has just returned from a ten day trip to South Georgia. The visit was the Commissioner's first to the island and the initial port of call was King Edward Point (KEP), the ...

NatGeo News Watch (blog)

NatGeo News Watch (blog)
Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:35:05 -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 ...

The Arts Desk

The Arts Desk
Mon, 07 Apr 2014 01:55:38 -0700

It is the central of three harbours in the west side of Stromness Bay. The name "Fridtjof Nansen" or Nansen appeared for this harbour on some early charts, but since about 1920 the name Stromness has been consistently used. The name comes from the town ...

Portsmouth News

Portsmouth News
Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:36:41 -0800

L-R: Mne Griffiths, LS Hickman, LD Waghorn, LCpl Brunning, Sgt Smith, Mne Batty, Lt Cdr Wrigley, Capt Hatcher (CO), AB Warrington, Mne Davies, PO Farrell, WO1 Brown, AB(SEA) Daubney, AB, Mne Lemar. Pictures: LA(Phot) Vicki Benwell ...


Sun, 13 Sep 2009 10:33:54 -0700

The team's boat was trapped in ice and they were forced to make a grueling journey across mountain ranges and glaciers to a whaling station in Stromness Bay. Shackleton later wrote: "I know that during that long and racking march of thirty-six hours ...

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