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Prince Olav Harbour

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Prince Olav Harbour

Location of Prince Olav Harbour

Prince Olav Harbour is small harbour in the south west portion of Cook Bay, entered between South Georgia.


  • Background 1
  • History 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • Other sources 5
  • External links 6


Throughout the 19th century South Georgia had first been a Norwegian whaling station operational dating from 1911. The whaling station was initially a floating factory site, a shore station being set up in 1916. The whaling station continued as a shore station until March 1931 and then was closed. The name was in use as early as 1912 and was given by Norwegian whalers for Crown Prince Olav of Norway.[1]


The Brutus was deliberately beached at the Harbour to serve as a coaling station. It was built in Glasgow in 1883, and weighed 1,700 tonnes. It was originally known as the Sierra Pedrosa. It was towed from Cape Town. Brutus Island in the harbour is named after it.[2]

See also

  • History of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands


  1. ^ Whaling Stations on South Georgia (The James Caird Society)
  2. ^ Sierra Pedrosa (by Fredrik Sandström. Sailing Ships. 2000)

Other sources

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Geological Survey document "Prince Olav Harbour" (content from the Geographic Names Information System).

External links

  • Plan of the Prince Olav Harbour whaling station
  • Abandoned Whaling Station
  • Prince Olav Harbour - South Georgia
  • Prince Olav Harbour Whaling station

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