ANTARCTIC EXPEDITIONS – VISITORS TO SOUTH GEORGIA
Swedish South Polar Expedition, 1901-03
Hugh Osborne FRPSL
Despite earlier exploitation, South Georgia remained uninhabited, but proved useful to Antarctic Expeditions, the Swedish no exception. Their ship, SY Antarctic, visited the Island 22 April – 15 June 1902 enabling Captain CA Larsen to explore Cumberland Bay. During his stay, Larsen selected the location for his future whaling station.
1902 (18 June) Postcard sent from Stanley but written in South Georgia, just off-shore in local waters
The picture side of this homemade card shows an elephant seal (produced made by an expedition member from a photo glass plate).
The message reads: “18/6 1902 Mr Baron, A Greeting from (“Syd Georgias”) South Georgia’s inhabitants I send you with wishes for the well being of you and your family. Hearty Greetings, CA Larsen”.
The only known item sent from South Georgia by members of this expedition, and as far as known, it is indeed, the earliest known piece of mail actually written on South Georgia!
Postcard – South Georgia pitching the tent in Cumberland Bay, 28 May 1902