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Encyclopedia > Ocean Harbour
Historical and modern settlements of South Georgia Island, showing Ocean Harbour

Ocean Harbour ( 54°20′S, 36°16′W) is a deeply indented bay on the north coast of South Georgia which is entered 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west-northwest of Tijuca point. It was an active whaling station between 1909–1920. At one point, South Georgia was the whaling capital of the world. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 543 pixelsFull resolution (2878 × 1952 pixel, file size: 611 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Map of South Georgia Island (Settlements) published by the author Lyubomir Ivanov. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 543 pixelsFull resolution (2878 × 1952 pixel, file size: 611 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Map of South Georgia Island (Settlements) published by the author Lyubomir Ivanov. ... In geography, a bay or gulf is a collection of water that is surrounded by land on three sides. ... South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom, also claimed by Argentina. ... A mile is a unit of length, usually used to measure distance, in a number of different systems, including Imperial units, United States customary units and Norwegian/Swedish mil. ... A kilometer (Commonwealth spelling: kilometre), symbol: km is a unit of length in the metric system equal to 1,000 metres (from the Greek words χίλια (khilia) = thousand and μέτρο (metro) = count/measure). ...


The names New Fortune Bay and Neufortuna Bay, probably for the Fortuna, Norwegian-Argentine whaling vessel which participated in establishing the first permanent whaling station at Grytviken, South Georgia in 1904-05, were used for this feature in 1922 by Filchner, following the German Antarctic Expedition, 1911-12. Following a survey of the island in 1951-52, the South Georgia Survey reported that the feature is known to whalers and sealers as Ocean Harbour, a name derived from the Ocean Whaling Co. which at one time had a station there. The name Ocean Harbour is approved for this feature on the basis of local usage, and also to avoid confusion of the name New Fortuna Bay with Fortuna Bay, only 22 miles (35 km) to the northwest. Historical and modern settlements of South Georgia Island, showing Ocean Harbour Ocean Harbour ( ) is a deeply indented bay on the north coast of South Georgia which is entered 1. ... Historical and modern settlements of South Georgia Island, showing Ocean Harbour Ocean Harbour ( ) is a deeply indented bay on the north coast of South Georgia which is entered 1. ... Cumberland Bay and Thatcher Peninsula with King Edward Cove (Grytviken) Grytviken (Swedish for Pot Cove; Grytvika/Grytviken in Norwegian) is the principal settlement in the United Kingdom territory of South Georgia in the South Atlantic. ... Historical and modern settlements of South Georgia Island, showing Ocean Harbour Ocean Harbour ( ) is a deeply indented bay on the north coast of South Georgia which is entered 1. ... Fortuna Bay ( ) is a bay 3 miles (4. ... A mile is a unit of length, usually used to measure distance, in a number of different systems, including Imperial units, United States customary units and Norwegian/Swedish mil. ... A kilometer (Commonwealth spelling: kilometre), symbol: km is a unit of length in the metric system equal to 1,000 metres (from the Greek words χίλια (khilia) = thousand and μέτρο (metro) = count/measure). ...


History

Old sealing trypots can still be seen here, and there is also the wreck of the Bayard here, a 1300 tonne, 67m long, iron hulled boat, built in 1864. It was moored at the cooling station at 1911, when a gale blew her loose across the bay.


Ocean Harbour has the oldest known grave of the island - that of Frank Cabrail (1820) of the sealer Francis Allen. The marker has gone.

This article is based on a United States Geological Survey gazetteer.

 
 

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