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Located at Jougla point on Wiencke Island, Port Lockroy is a historic Antarctic research site. The area itself was "discovered" by the French in 1903, and after that it served as both a whaling and military station for Great Britain for the earlier half of the 20th century. Additionally, scientific researchers made Lockery their Antarctic headquarters for many years. During WWII, the area was the center for Operation Tabarin, an effort by the British to deny Nazi Germany the area as haven for ocean raiders and spies.
In the early 1960s, the station was abandoned, so to speak - ending its role in research. Some twenty years later, the UK Antarctic Heritage trust renovated the site to share both the history and past research mission of Port Lockroy with the few intrepid Antarctic tourists.
Today, the site is a common stop for expedition cruise ship visitors, featuring many historical exhibits and information about life in the Antarctic half a century earlier. It's also a place that one can get their passport stamped with "Port Lockroy, Antarctic Heritage Trust" - a rare entry on most travel documents. There's also a gift shop - probably the most extensive one you'll find on the Antarctic continent.
As for the proper locals, you'll find thousands of extra friendly gentoo penguins, and the occasional chinstrap. True to being proper Brits, they always wear their tuxedos to greet guests. :)
Address: 64º49’S, 63º30’W Jougla Point, Wiencke Island
Directions: You'd best let the captain and the ice pilots handle things. Just have another shot of gin and await your visit to "British Antarctica".
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