Up bright and early for a landing before breakfast- our wakeup call was at 6 with a gangway time of 6:30! This day was more about history than penguins and seals; our first stop was Stromness, just east of Fortuna Bay.
Ernest Shackleton was one of the most well known of the Antarctic explorers; he was the leader of the ill fated Endurance expedition. In 1914 he and his crew set out aboard The Endurance to cross Antarctica (by land) via the South Pole. Early in 1915 the ship became stuck in the ice and after ten months, fearing that the ship was about to sink, the crew abandoned ship to live on the ice. Finally in 1916 they they saw an opening in the ice and set out on 3 small boats, eventually landing at Elephant Island (more on that later). Shackleton and 5 others set out for South Georgia, 1300 km to the east, in one of the boats and miraculously made the trip in 16 days. Unfortunately, they landed on the wrong side of the island. Shackleton, Worsley & Crean crossed the mountainous terrain of the island on foot, arriving at the base of the waterfall at Stromness and walking the river bed to the whaling station. Many modern day groups have tried to replicate this trek and all have failed.