Esperanza Base Lat. S 630
23’, Lon. W 0570 00’
Esperanza Base on the Antarctic
“A journey is a person in itself, no two are alike. and all
plans, safeguards, policies and coercion are fruitless. We find after years
of struggle that we do not take a trip, a trip takes us.”
John Steinbeck (1902 -
our first landing in Antarctica we hope to land at Hope Bay and the Argentine base, Esperanza, situated
on the Antarctic Peninsula. The old British Base "D" was
established here in 1945 and was closed in 1964. The present Argentine Base
(Esperanza) was established in 1952 and has an extensive military presence
(Argentine Army), and includes a "colony" with families with 21
children from 15 years old and younger. The first birth of any human being
in Antarctica occurred here in 1978, when Arturo Palma was born to the wife
of an Argentine naval officer. Nearby are the ruins of a stone hut built by
members of Nordenskjöld’s 1901-1904 Swedish expedition, in which three of
his group were forced to winter over after his ship, Antarctic, was
crushed by the ice. Hope Bay/Esperanza was the site of the first shots fired
in anger in Antarctica in 1952 when an Argentine shore party fired a machine
gun over the heads of a British Antarctic Survey team unloading supplies from
the John Biscoe.
As a simple reminder, as
this is Expedition Cruising, we are always reliant on good weather and seas
free of pack ice as a prerequisite to making any and all proposed landings.
Flexibility is key to the success of any expedition voyage.
0630 - 0730
Early bird breakfast available in the Explorer Lounge.
0730 - 0900 Breakfast is served in the
us in the Magellan Lounge for “900 South”, With Scott to
the Antarctic. Cinematographer Herbert Ponting’s spellbinding chronicle of
Scott’s heroic and tragic race for the South Pole.
made Bouillon available in the Explorer Lounge.
Wright will be in the Magellan Lounge for Birds in Tuxedos, a natural
history of the penguin species we may see while in Antarctica.
1200 - 1330
Lunch is now served in the Dining Room.
depart for Esperanza Base.
Zodiac shuttle from shore to ship begins.
Zodiac departs from shore to the Explorer.
time in the Explorer Lounge.
and briefing in the Explorer Lounge.
1930 - 2100
Dinner now available in the Dining Room.
Video: Another BBC Blue Plant production - Frozen Seas (45 min.).
Join us in the Magellan Lounge.
night snack available in the Magellan Lounge.