Wednesday, May 20, 2009
We just posted the latest installment of Antarctic Fox, where we visit Port Lockroy. I haven't been posting regularly on Fury when we update the Antarctic blog, but we're up to 33 chapters now and they're well worth a peek! (54 photos) "Originally discovered in 1903 by a French Antarctic expedition, the port was named 'Port LaCroix' after Edouard LaCroix who helped finance the expedition. Over the years Port Lockroy found use as an anchorage by whalers and in 1944 became 'British Base A', the first of the more than 20 eventual British bases established in Antarctica. This base is now restored as a historic site which has a gift shop and the only public post office on the Antarctic peninula. Base A was part of a secret wartime project to monitor German shipping movements. After the close of World War II it functioned as a civilian research outpost and was eventually shut down in 1962. It sat abandoned until a British team renovated the historical site and opened it as a monument and museum in 1996." Click through to see the rest!
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