Whalers Bay Travel Guide

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Whalers Bay Overview

Whalers Bay is the most visited site on Deception Island and one of the most visited sites in Antarctica. It is a small bay immediately to the east after passing through Neptunes Bellows. On the large black-sand beach are the remains of the whaling station, cemetery, buildings and artifacts from British mapping and scientific activities, protected as Historic Site No. 71 under the Antarctic Treaty. The 1967 volcanic eruption resulted in the deposition of a 1-5 cm layer of ash over Whalers Bay, whilst the 1969 eruption caused a lahar (mudslide) which partly buried the site. Geologically important, and fragile fluvial terraces are located to the north of the whaling station.
Whalers Bay was named by the French explorer Charcot because of the whaling activity that took place there. According to his diary, “the whalers call the cove to which we give the name of 'Whaler's Cove' in memory of the port [Sandefjord] at which they fitted out in Norway. The Norwegian Hektor whaling station operated at Whalers Bay from 1912-1931. The abandoned station was partly used by the British as of 1944 when they established their 'Base B' which was part of Operation Tabarin, a military exercise to monitor any possible
Nazi activity.

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