December 19,1912: The Deutschland safe in harbor at last

–from Wilhelm Filchner’s account “To the Sixth Continent”–

“The coast of South Georgia was blockaded by an impressive number of icebergs. Mount Paget, with its massive, show-white ridge, occasionally poked through the cloud cover in all its magnificence.

“In superb weather, but with a strong headwind, we rounded the southwest tip of south Georgia on 19 December, and then set a course along the northern side of the island; around the Cooper Islands we sighted numerous icebergs which apparently were partially aground.

“We reached the harbour at Grytviken on 19 December. With this our reconnaissance of the Weddell Sea was completed.”

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