Stromness, South Georgia
Stromness (54°09'36?S 36°42'42?W 54.16°S 36.7116°W -54.16; -36.7116) is a former whaling station on the northern coast of South Georgia Island in the South Atlantic.
Its historical significance is that it represents the destination of Ernest Shackleton's epic rescue journey in 1916.
It is the central of three harbours in the west side of Stromness Bay, South Georgia.
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 Stromness comes from the town of that name in Orkney, UK.
In 1907 a "floating factory" was erected in Stromness Harbour; the land station being built in 1912.
Stromness operated as a whaling station from 1912 until 1931.
In 1931 it was converted into a ship repair yard with a machine shop and a foundry.
It remained operational until 1961 when the site was abandoned.
In 1916, Ernest Shackleton and a small crew landed on the unpopulated southern coast of South Georgia at King Haakon Bay after an arduous sea voyage from Elephant Island in the 22-foot lifeboat James Caird.
After 36 hours of crossing the interior they arrived at the Stromness administration centre which also was the home of the Norwegian whaling station's manager.
This building has been dubbed the "Villa at Stromness" because it represents relative luxury compared to its surroundings.
All men were rescued from Elephant Island.
However, recent efforts have been made to restore the "Villa" and clean up debris from the rest of the site in order to make it safe for visitors.
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This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stromness_(South_Georgia)) see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, May 2009.
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This information was correct in May 2009. E. & O.E.
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