Volker Strecke DL8JDX is touring around Antarctica on board of a cruise Ship. Yesterday Volker sends WAP a couple of pictures; one of this is the Refuge Armada Argentina, also known as Groussac Refuge (WAP ARG-18) on Petermann island, a small, low and rounded island, lying off the northwest coast of Kyiv in Graham Land, Antarctica, a short distance south of Booth Island and the Lemaire Channel. It is a popular tourist destination.
Opened on February 6, 1955, Grussac Naval refuge (65° 10’ 33” South, 64° 08’ 10” West), on Petermann Island, was originally named to Hipólito Bouchard., It takes its current name in homage to Paul Groussac (1848-1929), a French writer and historian based in Argentina and author of an allegation about the Argentine sovereignty of the Falkland Islands. Close to this Argentine naval refuge ( an old corrugated iron shack in rusted colors), lays a simple cross monument, an unreadable metal plaque with just one word “John” recalls the dead of a man of the British Antarctic Survey, who tried to get here over the sea ice in 1982..
On Peterman Island, there is a cairn (the original one is in Paris at Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle) erected on the hill in 1909. The cairn, with a replica plaque, has been designated a Historical site or Monument (HSM 27), following a proposal by Argentina, France and the United Kingdom.
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