Three Brothers Film to be broadcast.
Crag Jones has reported that a 5 part
series of his Expedition and first ascent of the Three Brothers
is due to be broadcast on channel s4c digital for free on SKY/cable
(www.s4c.co.uk). Skip Novak, Crag Jones and Alan Hughes expedition
in the Yacht Pelagic last austral summer. Sub titles are available
via page 888 on Teletex/Cefax. The first 30 minute programme will
be broadcast at 8 pm an Thursday 14 November and the 4 remaining
programmes on Thursday at 8 pm. The programme will be repeated
at 6.30 pm on Tuesdays from 20th November. The Welsh programme
title is "Haf Ganol Gaeaf" (Summer Midst Winter). The
5 part series covers:
· Sailing to get there and back
· History of the island
· South Georgia's wildlife
· First ascent of the 'Three Brothers'
Oil Spill Response Limited, using Sealbulk Condor removed
heavy furnace oil from the vessel in April. They were only
partially successful, as they had been contracted to clean
out Dias and Albatross as well.
South Georgia Museum
11th Annual Report Published (July 2001 to August 2002)
The museum celebrated its tenth operational birthday on 21 January
2002. Extracts from Tim and Pauline Carr's report are included
· Grytviken Whaling Station Closed.
GSGSSI reluctantly has had to close the whaling station to visitors
on health and safety grounds. The buildings have deteriorated
since maintenance ceased in the 1970s and the station contains
hazardous materials such as asbestos. A path to the cemetery has
been established behind the station.
· King Edward Point Refurbished. Morrisons have completed
a splendid clean up of King Edward Point. Shackleton House and
other unnecessary buildings have been demolished. Larsen House
has been completely refurbished. The exterior of Discovery House
has been renovated and asbestos material removed from inside.
A path and steps now lead to Shackleton's memorial cross thanks
to Pete Wilmot and his Morrison team.
· Ship and Museum Visits. Since July 2001 there have been
72 vessels visiting the island. Thirty three cruise ships with
some 2,377 passengers plus crews and staff visited, Six HM warships,
two Royal Fleet Auxiliary and two MOD charter vessels also visited.
BAS research vessels made six calls, Fisheries Protection Vessels
made 12 calls, 17 Yachts visited and RV Braveheart on charter
to a amateur radio expedition called. Approximately 5,000 people
visited the museum.
· Studies. Sally Poncet and Dr Jenny Scott continued their
work throughout the summer on the Environmental Baseline Survey.
Mark and Fraser Carpenter on eth yacht Joshua continued their
rat eradication programme throughout the summer. Jerome Poncet
in Golden Fleece moved young reindeer from South Georgia to Beaver
Island in the Falkland Islands. His new herd is reported to be
· Expeditions. Crag Jones achieved the first solo ascent
of the highest of the Three Brother's peaks at 2040 metres (6,693
feet), which was the highest of the remaining unclimbed peaks
on the island. Aurora Expeditions under the leadership of Greg
Mortimer achieved a successful crossing of Shackleton's Route
with his clients in November. Warren Miller Films made an extreme
ski and snow boarding film of their descent of Nordenskold and
the descent of Mount Norman at the south-west tip of the island.
|· Museum Development.
All ground floor windows have been replaced. A new main entrance
with strengthened stairs and two carved oak pillars has been
created. An upstairs workshop has been built. A continuous
power supply has been installed from King Edward Point and
the museum has been re-wired. The museum also has access to
a fibre optic cable link to KEP for email has been installed.
Exhibits outside have been re-painted and the planted grass
has started to grow.
· Museum Exhibits. Two new exhibits
are being created. An Engineering room includes a newly restored
steam pump from a whale catcher and a Bolinder diesel engine that
was used to power a small vessel to drag whale carcasses across
the cove to the flensing plan. An Administrative room represents
British Administration from 1909, the 1982 conflict and its aftermath
and a description of the current's administration and some of
The wrecked of the Kino (cinema) , blown down in 1985 by high
winds, was buried last December by Morrisons.
Morrisons. Morrisons Ltd cleaned up a large
amount of scrap from the area of the museum, put up fences to
prevent access to the whaling station and established a bridge
across the river by the football pitch to allow access to the
Iohn Anderson Grave. A combined effort by
HMS ENDURANCE and the Yacht Tooluka has re-established Iohn Anderson's
Grave Headboard in Prince Olaf Harbour. Tim Carr has refurbished
Stromness Villa. A survey of the villa
has revealed that the main structural timbers are rotten
and it is in very poor condition both inside and out. To
be reinstated it would need to be rebuilt.
Field Mushrooms. Tim Carr found two field
mushrooms on the Barff Peninsula and Land cress was found growing
at King Edward Point. The first time these species had been recorded
on South Georgia.
Anglo/Norwegian Group. A Group called
the Temporary Anglo/Norwegian Grytviken Group (TANNG) meet in
Sandefjord on 8 November to discuss how to help the Government
of South Georgia preserve the whaling heritage in Grytviken in
view of the asbestos remediation work that is necessary there.
Under the Chairmanship of Stig Tore Lunde whom the Minos Foundation
has employed for two and half years to develop policies to preserve
whaling heritage in the South Atlantic, the group developed various
ideas. The South Georgia Government is currently considering the