On October 31/November 1, 1999, the expedition team was forced to seek
emergency shelter overnight at Stromness whaling station in South Georgia,
when a severe gale brought winds peaking at 108 mph. The following entry was
found in a notebook left in the shelter in Stromness, recording Trevor Potts'
thoughts on arriving in South Georgia after his 800-mile open boat journey:
8:08 p.m. 8th January 1994 (Arrive Stromness)
In the Wake of Shackleton Expedition
Elephant Island to South Georgia 24/12/93—5/1/94
In the Wake of Shackleton Expedition left 24/12/93 Elephant Island
in a 23'10" replica of the James Caird (not quite the same size and hull
shape, same rig but much more cozy inside but still very basic). Arrived at
Elsihall on 5 January as we could not get into King Haakon Bay because of a
gale. Called in at Sitka Cove and Leith. Left to do Shackleton's crossing both
ways, not surprising we did not make it. The stream of the Koenig [Glacier] only
knee deep. Camped on the edge of the Fortuna [Glacier] 10/1/94.
11/1/94 very wet
and poor visibility, made only a few miles and camped on the edge of the Crean
Glacier. And very wet and heavy going, turned back 12/1/94, dropped down
the moraine on the snout of the glacier that enters Fortuna Bay off the
Fortuna Main Glacier. Camped in the cove on the beach.
the stream off the Koenig a bit deeper and very fast, not a pleasant experience.
Chris nearly ruined a perfectly hideous pair of underpants with fear.
Arrived back here to find Vic has made a good job of tidying and cleaning the boat
after two weeks at sea. Off to Husvik then Grytviken.