BUILT CULTURAL HERITAGE IN
ANTARCTICA
Jonathan Westin, Gunnar Almevik,
Dag Avango & Kati Lindström
The first Swedish Antarctic Expedition (1901-1903), led by Otto Nordenskjöld, sailed to Antarctica on the ship Antarctic captained by CA Larsen, and established a research station on Snow Hill Island. There six members overwintered and performed paleontological, meteorological, geomagnetic and geological studies, while the rest of the expedition set sail for South Orkney.

After the winter, on the way back to Snow Hill Island, the Antarctic got stuck in the ice and sank. At this point, the expedition members were divided into three groups. One of these overwintered an extra year on Snow Hill Island, whereas the other two groups were forced to build stone huts in order to overwinter at Hope Bay and Paulet Island. An Argentinean vessel, the Corbeta Uruguay, rescued the expedition in November 1903.

This portal makes available documentation of the historical remains of the First Swedish Antarctic Expedition on the Antarctic Peninsula. The material was collected in January and February 2020 as part of the CHAQ2020 expedition. The Swedish National Heritage Board, the Swedish Research Council, and Instituto Antactico Argentino supportet the project.

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The Voyage to Antarctica
Hope Bay
Bahía Esperanza
Dec. 1902 - Nov. 1903
Paulet Island
Isla Paulet
Feb. 1903 - Nov. 1903
Seymour Island
Isla Marambio
Jan. 1902
Snow Hill Island
Isla Cerro Nevado
Feb. 1902 - Nov. 1903
The Ship Antarctic's Last Voyage