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Mt Hodges by Oliver Prince
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My two chums and I left it late in the day to scramble up Mt Hodges, having already done Mt Duse that afternoon. We were rewarded for our efforts when this incredible sunset burst along the mountain ridge. We then had to find our way back to our yacht in Grytviken in the dark, and were just as excited to find a hot meal waiting for us onboard. Processing: Bracketed exposure blend of three images. Luminosity masks used to improve the contrast and saturation. Output sharpening with Photokit sharpener 2.0. Coordinates: 54°16′S 36°32′W

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Photograph of Solveig Jacobsen standing (with her dog) in front of a whale on the Grytviken flensing plan, taken by Magistrate Edward Binnie in 1916
The settlement at Grytviken was established on 16 November 1904, by the Norwegian sea captain Carl Anton Larsen as a whaling station for his Compañía Argentina de Pesca (Argentine Fishing Company). It was phenomenally successful, with 195 whales taken in the first season alone. The whalers used every part of the animals - the blubber, meat, bones and viscera were rendered to extract the oil and the bones and meat were turned into fertilizer and fodder. Elephant seals were also hunted for their blubber. Around 300 men worked at the station during its heyday, operating during the southern summer from October to March. A few remained over the winter to maintain the boats and factory. Every few months a transport ship would bring essential supplies to the station and take away the oil and other produce. The following year the Argentine Government established a meteorological station.

Grytviken -  South Georgia. Swedish for Pot Cove.

This bay was established as a whaling station in the early 20th century. Whales were hunted in Southern and Antarctic waters then processed here for every last scrap in a highly lucrative trade. Station closed in 1966 due to perilously low whale stocks. I wonder why?

This is Captain William Williams, who worked for Lever, with a blue Whale. circa 1935