Port Lockroy & Neko Harbour

Dec 15, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer


This morning our guests aboard National Geographic Explorer visited Port Lockroy, which was originally used as a sheltered anchorage by whalers in the early 1900s. The site was established as Base A by the British in 1944 as part of a secret wartime initiative code named Operation Tabarin, which was to monitor German shipping movements during World War II. The station continued operating in a postwar civilian capacity until it ceased operations in 1964.

As our guests departed the ship via Zodiacs, they were pleasantly greeted by sunny weather, warm Lockroy volunteers, and rusty historical remains of the whaling days. Our site for the morning had been recently restored and is now open to visitors as a museum, gift shop, and post office.

Once on shore, expedition guides provided a short hike to a local gentoo colony at Jugala Point and helped with directions to the local gift shop, where the only functioning post office in Antarctica gave the guests the opportunity to write loved ones back home. Curious guests walked the halls of the enlightening museum, helped by the guides.

Our afternoon was spent at the spectacular location of Neko Harbor. Surrounded by gentoo penguins, nesting skuas, and cloudless skies, we were able to hike to an incredible vantage point of a nearby glacier, from where we had the rare view of Mount Francis gleaming in the distance towards the horizon.

After dinner, we discovered our amazing day wasn’t over just yet. Our adventurous leader Lucho and legendary Captain Oliver brought the ship to the world-famous and breathtaking Lemaire Channel for an unforgettable sunset cruise to round off this incredible day.

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Born on Australia’s northern beaches and raised on the coast of tropical Queensland, Beau developed his love for the ocean and all things water at an early age. Forever planning a career revolving around water, he became a PADI Divemaster before graduation and quickly climbed the ranks to become a PADI Master Instructor. During this time, Beau also became the head service technician for several companies and founded NARC’D Diving Services; a commercial diving and marine contracting business. To broaden his experience in the industry, Beau also gained accreditation to become an ADAS Commercial Diver, specializing in demolition and salvage operations. As a result, he has worked on many projects, including flood relief, military training, Hollywood film sets, documentaries and various deep ocean dive operations. Most recently, Beau has secured a coveted position within the Australian Defence Force on their Helicopter Underwater Escape Training team. In addition to his strong passion for the ocean and subsequent diving, Beau is also an avid traveller out of the water, often visiting new countries in his free time. He is proud to say he’s had the opportunity to dive on every continent.

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