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South Georgia: Grytviken


 

 

 


Industrial archaeology of the abandoned, but now sanitized whaling station.

Photos from 2017




 







Line of rusty tanks; Grytviken, South Georgia


The Petrel on a snowy night; Grytviken, South Georgia
 

 

 



Photos from 2015



 


Some small-scale textures

The Petrel.

"The Petrel is the best-preserved whale-catcher at South Georgia. She was built in 1929 at Nylands Verksted in Oslo. She is 244.8 gross tons and 31.1 m (115 feet) long. Petrel was withdrawn from the whaling fleet at Grytviken in 1956 and converted to a sealing vessel the following year. This involved removing her whale-winch and replacing it with an ordinary cargo winch, creating a large cargo hatch (for loading the seal blubber), removing the gun platform and the cat-walk that connected it with the bridge on the starboard side. Petrel was one of the first catchers to be equipped with a cat-walk, which was introduced in 1926. The line-blocks were removed from the mast and a derrick installed. She was capable of 11 knots from her 810 indicated horse-power triple-expansion engine. Her funnel has been re-painted in the Salvesen (Leith Harbour) colours, but when she was operated by Grytviken she had blue and white bands on her funnel." [South Georgia Whaling Museum]. The Petrel was restored and the whale gun replaced by the British garrison stationed in South Georgia after the Falklands war. A 1991 photo (below) shows her afloat with spick paintwork, but she is now grounded and undergoing rapid, if picturesque decay.

 

 



We had only 3 hours at Grytviken. I would have wished for much longer, and concentrated on making semi-abstract compositions from the rusting relics of oil processing machinery.



Shadow on rusted tank: Grytviken, South Georgia





   

On our 2017 voyage, several of the more energetic of our party were dropped off at Maiviken cove, and hiked over the mountains to join the Hans Hannson at Grytviken.



updated 11/15/2017


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