South Georgia Island

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Snow covered whale catcher

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Whaling people did not always work under the best conditions. The cold was often a problem, and with large amounts of snow during parts of the year there was many a danger to them.

This photograph shows a particularly bad day with freezing water coming in over the side of the ship.

Whale catcher at sea

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King Edward Point circa 1934

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Quotas existed for the number of whales that could be caught. The Government maintained a base at King Edward Point, in the same bay as Grytviken whaling station, to monitor the catches. Once whaling finished, the buildings were put into use by the Falkland Islands Dependency Survey, and later the British Antarctic Survey.