South Georgia…

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) is a British overseas territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean. It is a remote and inhospitable collection of islands, consisting of South Georgia and a chain of smaller islands, known as the South Sandwich Islands. South Georgia is 167.4 kilometers (104 mi) long and 1.4 to 37 km (0.9 to 23.0 miles) wide and is by far the largest island in the territory. The South Sandwich Islands lie about 520 kilometers (320 mi) southeast of South Georgia. The total land area of the territory is 3,903 square kilometers (1,507 sq. mi).

SouthGeorgia, NASA satellite image

SouthGeorgia, NASA satellite image

There is no native population on the islands; the present inhabitants are the British Government Officer, Deputy Postmaster, scientists, and support staff from the British Antarctic Survey who maintain scientific bases at Bird Island and at the capital, King Edward Point, as well as museum staff at nearby Grytviken.

The United Kingdom claimed sovereignty over South Georgia in 1775 and the South Sandwich Islands in 1908. In 1908 the United Kingdom annexed both South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. The territory of “South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands” was formed in 1985; previously it had been governed as part of the Falkland Islands Dependencies. Argentina claimed South Georgia in 1927 and claimed the South Sandwich Islands in 1938.

Flag of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Flag of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Argentina maintained a naval station, Corbeta Uruguay on Thule Island in the South Sandwich Islands, from 1976 until 1982 when it was closed by the Royal Navy. The Argentine claim over South Georgia contributed to the 1982 Falklands War, during which Argentine forces briefly occupied the island. Argentina continues to claim sovereignty over South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

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  1. Dear friend, Wat een eer voor mij van zo dichtbij getuige te mogen zijn van jouw omzwervingen over de wereldzeeen! Ik geniet van al je verhalen, zeker als die ineens ook zelf in het diepe gaan!!!!!! Denk veel aan je vooral nu de Ned. Kust weer met regelmaat door winterstormen wordt gebeukt. Geen kou, geen ijs, kortom je mist hier helemaal niets, of het zou het nieuwe prachtige ijsbaaantje op Leonidas moeten zijn, nee niks voor jou. Voor mij nu ook niet, kan niks vanwege spierreuma, aan de Prednison dus……Ik wil je van ons allen heel veel succes op je ambitieuze missie wensen ,een heel gelukkig Nieuwjaar voor jullie en al je volgelingen, vooral Setje natuurlijk, en bovenal welgefeliciteerd met alweer een jaartje meer…., all the best Frank

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