Port Lockroy

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The Wiencke Island, where is located Port Lockroy, was discovered in 1899 by Adrien de Gerlache de Gomery, commander of the Belgian Antarctic Expedition (1897-99). Was named Lockroy by Jean-Baptiste Charcot, a french polar explorer, because Edouard Lockroy, a vice-president of France’s Chamber of Deputies, who helps to Charcot to obtain goverment support to his French Antarctic Expedition.

This port is one of the most popular tourist stops in Antarctica. Is thanks to the former British station now turned a nice museum and souvenir store. Now is operated by British Antarctic Survey under the guidance of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust. Was a pioneer scientific research station. In this site were made the first measurements of the ionosphere in Antarctica.

Is near to Jougla Point, another point of landing, to see a gentoo penguin colony and a composite whale skeleton reconstructed on the shore.

I have visited this site twice: in 2008 and 2013. The “Base A” is and old reconstructed wood building. In the main entrance, at the right side is the souvenir store, where you can buy t-shirts, caps, maps, books, pens, pins and many other things as postals and valid stamps from the UK Royal Mail. Is an official Post Office. Behind and in the other side, several rooms, of the old station, including kitchen, restrooms and the romos with the special old equipment for atmospheric research

 

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Visit to Port Lockroy UK – 2

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This is a very interesting station. The site has been designated a Historic Site or Monument by the United Kingdom to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting.

History: During the World War II, the British military stablished the Port Lockroy Station A. Now is operated by United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust