The Remains: Part 1

South Georgia: Grytviken and Stromness

On the island of South Georgia, in the Southern Ocean, are the two Norwegian whaling stations, Grytviken and Stromness, established at the start of the 20th century. They were each successful, lucrative, and productive. Due to the over-exploitation of whales, the population in the seas around the island diminished over the next sixty years, and the Grytviken station closed in December 1966.

Today the shoreline around settlement is littered with whalebones, the rusting remains of whale oil processing plants and abandoned whaling ships.

Down the northern coast, not far from Grytviken, is the settlement of Stromness, another whaling station. Built in 1912, it operated until 1961, at which time was abandoned. It is famous for being the final destination of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition journey in 1916.

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    Cotton Coulson & Sisse Brimberg

    South Georgia

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    King Penguins standing in front of the remains of an old Norwegian whaling station in Stromness, South Georgia. It was the destination for Sir Ernest Shackleton's rescue journey in 1916.

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    The remains from the old Norwegian whaling station in Stromness, South Georgia. Littered on the ground are the props from the whaling vessels.

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    Stromness whaling station during a snow shower. In front of the abandoned buildings, fur seals have taken over the beachfront.

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    New and old debris come together in a tableau, bags of building material have been placed within whale oil storage tanks in Grytviken, South Georgia.

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    Peaking in through a hole in a whale oil storage tank, years of neglect reveals how the structure has collapsed, Grytviken, South Georgia.

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    The whale catcher boat, 'Petral', stands beached on the shore at Grytviken, South Georgia. These fast boats made it possible for the lucrative whaling industry to flourish in the early 20th century.

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