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Husvik is a former whaling station on the north-central coast of South Georgia Island. It was one of three such bases in Stromness Bay, the other two being Stromness and Leith Harbour. Husvik initially began as a floating, offshore factory site in 1907. In 1910, a land station was constructed and remained operational until 1930; business resumed again between 1945 and 1960. The freezer plant was dismantled and moved to Grytviken in 1960, and whaling operations at Husvik permanently ceased. Afterwards, scientists from the British Antarctic Survey sometimes used the whaling managers' villa as a temporary shelter when doing work in the area. South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom, also claimed by Argentina. ... Stromness is a former whaling station on the northern coast of South Georgia Island in the South Atlantic. ... Formerly a royal burgh, Leith is a town at the mouth of the Water of Leith and is the port of Edinburgh, Scotland. ... Grytviken as it was before 1929 Grytviken (Norwegian: Pot Bay, after the pots used to render seal oil) is the only settlement in the United Kingdom territory of South Georgia in the South Atlantic. ... BAS headquarters The British Antarctic Survey (BAS), formerly the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS), is an institute of the Natural Environment Research Council, and has, for the last fifty years, undertaken the majority of Britains scientific research on and around the Antarctic continent. ...


Recently, the South Georgia Heritage Trust hired a team of Norwegian craftsmen to restore some of the buildings at Husvik. In March 2006, the Manager's Villa, a building known as the "Radio Shack" and a small generator shed were successfully repaired and restored.


South of Husvik is a whaler's cemetery where 34 men were buried between 1924 and 1959.



South Georgia Heritage Trust; Photos at Husvik


 
 

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