January 3, 2005
View Point Lat.
S 630 33’
Lon. W 0570 24’
Lat. S 640 28’
Lon. W 0570 12’
View Point (Antarctic Peninsula),
Snow Hill Island
“Of the gladdest
moments in life, me thinks, is the departure upon a distant journey to unknown
lands. Shaking off twitch one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden
weight of routine, the cloak of many dares and the slavery of home, man feels
once more happy...afresh dawns the morn of life.
--Sir Richard Burton, Journal entry 2 Dec
This morning we hope
to land at View Point, located in Duse Bay, which was discovered by a party
under J. Gunnar Andersson of Nordenskjöld’s Swedish Antarctic Expedition and
so named by FIDS during the surveys of 1945. Further exploration and mapping
of the peninsula was conducted from this site by Sir Walley Herbert of the
British Antarctic Survey by means of dog sledging teams.
Located on Snow Hill is the hut in which
Otto Nordenskjöld and five of his colleagues spent two winters. With Nordenskjöld
was a young Argentine naval officer, Lieutenant José Sobral who, became the
first Argentine to pass this amount of time in Antarctica. During the time
that Nordenskjöld was at Snow Hill major fossil discoveries were made on both
Snow Hill and Seymour Island to the east.
0630 - 0730 Early
bird breakfast available in the Dining Room.
0730 Zodiacs depart for shore
at View Point
0930 Continuous Zodiac
shuttle to the ship begins.
1030 Last zodiac from
shore to the Explorer.
1100 - 1230
Bavarian Brunch is served in the Dining Room.
1300 Kennan and Karen will
be in the Explorer Lounge for an informal session on photographic questions.
1530 Zodiacs go ashore at Snow
1730 Continuous zodiac
shuttle shore to ship begins.
1830 Last zodiac from
1900 Recap of today and
briefing to be held in the Explorer Lounge.
1930 - 2100 Dinner is served
in the Dining Room.
2130 Evening Video:
“Antarctica: The End of The Earth. Nature Channel presents
this fascinating documentary, which will be shown in the Magellan Lounge
2230 Late night snacks
available in the Explorer Lounge.