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Leith 2

The view from Hansen Point gun emplacement with a commanding view over the bay.

The 4.1" Navy gun that was placed here at the start of the First World War to protect Leith Harbour whaling station. The gun was decommissioned and all ordinance removed. The shells shown on the mounting are solid practice rounds.

Leith Harbour factory buildings as seen from the Hansen Point gun emplacement.

This picture, taken on an overcast day from the gun emplacement behind Leith Harbour, does not do justice to the natural beauty of Stromness Bay. We look over the accommodation blocks, storage tanks, boiler house, cookeries and stores buildings of the Leith Harbour whaling station. The flensing plan is to the left of centre, just above the tuft of grass.

A navy gun used to sit on it's mounting here, guarding the Leith Harbour whaling station. The gun has been removed, but the Spartan living quarters can still be seen.

One of the rooms at the gun emplacement. It must have been bitterly cold in the Winter, as there is no insulation on the corrugated iron walls. There is the "pot stove" to keep the chill off though.

The main bunking area and as you can see, there is not much room for moving about.

The Cemetery lies near the reservoir and has a beautiful view over the whaling station and Stromness Bay. The cemeteries of South Georgia mainly contain the graves of whalers, but also those of sealers of the 1800s.

This young man, Sigurd Andreasen was only nineteen when he was laid to rest in 1919.

Situated between the power station and a main accommodation block, the Portuguese seamen’s graveyard is almost in the centre of Leith Harbour.

Nestled in the valley behind Leith Harbour, the dam still holds back the water in the man-made reservoir.

The overflow from the reservoir seen at it's low level.

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