January 6, 2005
Half Moon Island
Lat. S 620 58’
Lon. W 0600 33’
Yankee Harbour Lat. S 620
Lon. W 0590 47’
Half Moon Island, Yankee
Harbour on Greenwich Island
"As we sever connection with our fellow men to follow
a mirage in the frozen south, the mind falls into reverie. Doubt, apprehension,
inspiration and determination come crowding. What tremendous events may transpire
while we are locked away in the great white silence?"
-- excerpted from the diary
of Frank Hurley,
Member of Shackleton's
British Trans-Antarctic Expedition
morning we’ll explore Half Moon Island which is located between Greenwich
and Livingston Islands. Half Moon gets its name from its distinctive shape.
It is the home of chinstrap penguins as well as southern giant petrels, Antarctic
terns, Antarctic brown skuas, blue-eyed shags and sheathbills. The Argentine
base, "Teniente Camara", was named for a naval lieutenant who died
some years ago in this area. This summer base has been closed for about 5
our final landing in Antarctica we will visit Yankee Harbour on the southwest
side of Greenwich Island. It was well known to American and British sealers
as early as 1820. You are likely to see nesting Gentoo penguins. There are
confirmed breeding species of Gentoo penguins and skuas.
- 0730 Early bird breakfast available in the Explorer Lounge.
- 0900 Breakfast is available in the Dining Room.
Half Moon Island
begins at Half Moon Island.
shuttle from the beach.
Freshly made bouillon available in the Explorer Lounge.
- 1400 Lunch is served in the Dining Room.
begins at Yankee Harbour.
from the beach.
departs for the Explorer.
Tea time in the Explorer Lounge.
Kennan and Karen offer a photo recap of our journey in “Antarctica: Range
of Light”. Join them in the Magellan Lounge at this time.
Recap of the day’s events. Please join the expedition staff for a talk of
the scenery, wildlife and experiences.
- 2100 Dinner is served in the Dining Room.
Evening video: Join in the Magellan Hall for Master and Commander,
staring Russell Crowe.
Late night snacks available in the Explorer Lounge.
Did you know - The
chinstrap is the second most abundant penguin in the world. Its total breeding
population is estimated to be 7.5 million pairs, the majority of which are
in the South Sandwich Islands.