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South Georgia Commemorative
Release Date 24 December 2013
Grytviken Church Centenary
Christmas Day 2013 is the centenary of the consecration of The Whalers Church at Grytviken. The church was built at the initiative of Carl Anton Larsen, the founder and first manager of the whaling station.
Carl Anton Larsen was one of the most remarkable men in Antarctic history. Having established himself as a successful sealer and whaler in the North Atlantic, he led two pioneering whaling expeditions to Antarctic regions and was captain of Antarctic, the ship of the Swedish Antarctic Expedition. He was also interested in science and geographical discovery. When the Swedish expedition visited South Georgia, Larsen saw the potential of Grytviken as a whaling station, and in establishing the Compañia Argentina de Pesca and its whaling station at Grytviken, he proved to be a very good businessman. Larsen was manager of Grytviken from 1904 to 1914, where he was sometimes accompanied by members of his large family.
Falkland Islands Commemorative
Release Date 21 November 2013
This issue comprises six Airmail Postcard rate stamps (currently 65p) showing each of the Falkland’s five breeding penguins and one of the unusual albino Rockhopper penguins.
The stamps have been beautifully illustrated by Robin Carter and capture some of the typical mannerisms of these birds that are generally regarded as being synonymous with the Falkland Islands and attract a great number of tourists each year to their shores. The stamps are available singly in sheets of 10 and combined in a souvenir sheet.
South Georgia Commemorative
Release Date 15 December 2013
South Georgia’s alien invasion
The UK Overseas Territory of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands is a spectacular wildlife sanctuary in the Southern Ocean. Thousands of tourists visit by sea each year to enjoy the sight of hundreds of thousands of penguins, seals and seabirds in this glorious setting.
However, South Georgia’s seabirds have been savagely depleted by invasive rats and mice, introduced inadvertently from the ships of sealers and whalers in the 19th and 20th centuries. The island’s birds nest on the ground or in shallow burrows. They were defenceless against rodents, who decimated their numbers by eating eggs and chicks. Petrel, pintail and prion populations have suffered the greatest damage from the invaders, and the endemic South Georgia pipit is threatened with extinction.