South Georgia’s abandoned Husvik station
Positioned within Stromness Bay and linked to Stromness, Husvik is one of South Georgia’s more well-known whaling stations. A particularly impressive sight here is the whale catcher Karrakatta, which rests on a slipway near the station’s maintenance sheds.
Husvik and the whale catcher Karrakatta
During the later years of Husvik’s whaling operations, workers removed Karrakatta from the water and cut a hole in the side of her hull. They then used the vessel to provide steam power for the operation of machinery at the station.
Picture by Sara Jenner
Things to see around Husvik
Husvik stopped whaling operations in 1960. As with other whaling stations, the risk of asbestos and unstable buildings means we cannot get too close to Husvik, but we can take a scenic Zodiac cruise to see the station as well as the scale of whaling in the previous century.
Main image by Sara Jenner