The entrance into Deception Island was full of marvel and wonder. It really was like a James Bond film scene. Even standing on deck waiting to pass through a narrow passage known as “Neptune’s Bellows” you could sense the mist of intrigue in the air.
It was cold and it was windy. It was freezing and chilly. Most of the crew had come up to the main deck to witness our arival through this narrow passage in Antarctica into Deception Island.
To the right of our ship as the captain sailed her gallantly through the tight gap. Why a tight gap? you may ask and why make a big deal of it? The reason is Deception Island, by its very shape is like a small “c” letter from a bird’s eye view.
Yes the entrance into Deception Island in Antarctica really is like going into a letter “c” and this made for a slowed down section of the amazing Antarctic adventure, it was another brilliant time to be out on the deck as the captain, from Bulgaria Asparuh Chorbadzhiev directed the boat through the narrow entrance called Neptune’s Bellows.
I didn’t often visit the bridge of the ship during the Antarctica trip but on this occasion it felt like you had to be up there checking out how the captain does it. It was remarkable.
A photo of how the captain did it shows the concentration in his eyes as we steered ourselves through the straight and narrow passage to Neptune’s Bellows at Deception Island.
Neptune’s Bellows (630S 6034W) is a channel on the southeast side of Deception Island forming the entrance to Port Foster, in the South Shetland Islands. The name, after the Roman sea god Neptune, was appended by American sealers prior to 1822 because of the strong gusts experienced in this narrow channel.
After 20 minutes we had done it – the captain did an immense job profesionally getting us inside this island for a truly wonderful experience. Antarctica and Neptune’s Bellows were awesome!
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