At breakfast we sit next to Hannah, one of the three women living at Port Lockroy from November through March. They are here for the season curating and maintaining the museum which was a research station on this small island. She explains that she tried three times (over several years) to land the job. The application process starts with a series of essays and culminates in a number of practical skills tests including rewiring a lamp, first aid, and shoveling and carrying and/or pushing 50 pounds of sand. She excuses herself from the breakfast table so that she can take a shower on board ship as they do not have running water on the island.
Our zodiac first takes us to Jougla Point on the island. On shore we see an amalgamation of whale bones, then walk up the rocks toward the Gentoo penguin colony.