Only place in the world where one can sail into an active volcano. The ring-shaped Deception Island,contains a 7-km-wide caldera flooded by the sea. A narrow passageway named Neptunes Bellows provides entrance to a natural harbor that was utilized as an Antarctic whaling station.In 1906, a Norwegian-Chilean whaling company started using Whalers Bay as a base for a factory ship. By 1914 there were 13 factory ships based there.The station did not actually process whale blubber, which was done on the ships, but instead took the carcasses and boiled them down to extract additional whale oil, using large iron boilers, and storing the results in iron tanks.Whale oil prices dropped during the Great Depression, making the station economically unprofitable, thus it was abandoned in 1931. Forty-five men were buried in the station's cemetery, but the cemetery was again buried in a 1969 volcano eruption, and the only remaining signs are the rusting boilers and tanks.
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