Cape Adare, Robertson Bay

Sunday, January 22nd, 2018

As mentioned the sun didn’t set and we started the day very early (00:00 – 00:45) on deck 12, toasting the never-ending daylight for the next days of our journey.

Arriving at Cape Adare meant that we had reached the main destination of our journey: The Ross Sea.

In 1899, Carsten Bochgrevink and the 10 men of the Southern Cross Expedition spent a miserable winter on the pebbled shores of Ridley Beach at Cape Adare and became the first humans to winter-over on the continent. His base, the first buildings ever constructed in the Antarctic, still stands today as a lonely and redundant outpost of civilization.

Bochgrevink’s hut.

On the approach of Cape Adare Stephen was on the look-out for Mt Bevin. There’s a bit of a story attached to this (family) mountain, so best to follow the link to find out more. Note however that Stephen’s mum’s last name is Bevin. Main thing was: we hadn’t seen the actual mountain with our own eyes yet and this was the closest we’d ever been (and maybe will be, who knows…).

Approaching Cape Adare.
Mt Bevin is the highest peak in the right half of the photo. The brown strip in the foreground is Ridley Beach.
Tabular iceberg.
Tabular iceberg.

Around 13:00 members of the Expedition Team took to the zodiacs to find a suitable place to land on Ridley Beach. Alas, there was far too much ice obstructing access to whole beach. So, a landing was not possible but we did go zodiac cruising. After 7 days at sea we were all very happy with the opportunity to get off the ship for a while. The weather and seas were both near to ideal for a zodiac cruise. Here are ‘some’ photos taken during that zodiac ride. Warning: if you do not like penguins…. best not to scroll further 🙂

A colony of approx. half a million pairs of Adelie penguins and their chicks live on Ridley Beach and the cliffs above it. The grey penguins are the youngsters.
Adelies porpoising.
Skuars feeding on a dead (we think adult) Adelie. Everyone has to survive.