All that remains of the whaling station at Whalers Bay in Deception Island are some rusted out buildings, and whale skeletons. It’s strange to walk around the buildings and imagine what the area was like in it’s height of operation. Big boiling vats have since sunken into the ground, machinery has rusted, buildings are buckling, and a ‘memorial’ cemetery was erected to honor the cemetery that was destroyed in a 1969 volcanic eruption.
Whale Oil was a growing industry in the early 1900′s. The oil was used in oil lamps and to make soap and margarine. Because of the demand Whaling ‘stations’ were popping up in Antarctica and one of the booming ones was at Deception Island. Deception Island was the perfect place to set up a whaling operation since it’s unique horseshoe shape provided great shelter for the ships and since it was volcanic it actually had the chance of being warm at times.
The perfect place to take photos.