PELAGIC NEWS LETTER NO32 - 17 Feb 2011 - To view full slide show click here
Just back from a fascinating three week charter down to the seldom visited South Orkney Islands in the Antarctic (check your map). In conjunction with Ice Warrior www.ice-warrior.com logistic support, our tried and tested Pelagic hosted a BBC Scotland film team led by well known Scottish presenter Neil Oliver.
The object was to film on site where Williams Speirs Bruce, leader of the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition over wintered in 1902-03.
After a rugged four day sail down, we spent 8 days filming at both the British Antarctic Survey Field station on Signy Island and also at the Argentine Base Orcadas on Laurie Island where Bruce’s ship the Scotia was beset in the ice (unplanned) prompting the team to set up a monitoring station on shore.
This base was handed over to the Argentines in 1904 so that the scientific experiments Bruce’s expedition initiated would continue - which had the knock on effect of setting set up Argentina’s present territorial claim. Base Orcadas has the distinction of being the longest fully manned station in the Antarctic.
A six day return voyage in fresh conditions will not easily be forgotten by this land lubbing film crew, but I am sure their experience and hardship will only enhance the editing of the film! And the wrap party after arriving in Stanley was a major! BBC2 will air this film within their Explorers Series, sometime in November. I will follow with a heads up on the date. Click here for Chris Harris’s blog on the trip www.sailblogs.com/member/ice
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