Whaler’s Bay is a bay located on the east side of Port Foster on Deception Island, of the South Shetland Islands archipelago, Antarctica.
The first documented sighting of Deception Island was by William Smith and Edward Bransfield in 1820. It was not until 1906 that whaling began on the island with Whaler’s Bay as the base for the whaling factory ships. In 1912, Hektor Whaling Company established a shore based whaling station along the bay. Around 150 people were employed during the prime of the Hektor Whaling Station and in 1 summer could produce over 140,000 barrels of whale oil. Whale prices did not last and in 1931 Hektor whaling station was abandoned.
Hektor whaling station is protected by the Antarctic Treaty Historic Site and Monument Number 71.
Where is the abandoned whaling station of Deception Island located? You find it with these coordinates. -62.977757,-60.559527.
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