This morning we all made the landing at Gravneset, a whaling station used by Dutch, English and Basque expeditions between 1612-1650. We saw what remained of the blubber cookeries and also a burial ground. The graves were marked on a map near the shore.
We found a variety of objects as we explored the area. We had to watch where we were stepping as there were areas of moss and other magnificent things growing that we didn't want to injure.
I stayed behind to guard with Theres whilst the rest of the gang headed back on an early Zodiac. They were freezing they said.
day 10: Wednesday June 24 afternoon
After lunch, Theres (and Cayber) briefed us on the options for the afternoon. There would be a long and short hike to Gullybreen, a stationary hike at Gravneset near the rock where we had our morning meeting, or staying aboard the Antigua to work.
Our departure was slightly delayed by this stunner floating by.
We arrived back on board for cake time (pre-dinner dessert is what it is) and learned that Snowball had spent all afternoon writing a play about climate change with Reneltta. The two of them and Ashley performed it for us. It was a hit!
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