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Published on January 28th, 2015 | by admin

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Penguins And A Unique Post Office

The world’s southern most Post Office in Antarctica is much more than just a location for posting letters and parcels as well as sourcing postal supplies like stamps and envelopes.

The Penguin Post Office is of huge historical significance as it marks the spot where Britain laid claim to part of Antarctica.

Located at Port Lockroy, we learn that the Penguin Post Office in Antarctica is the most popular tourist destination in the whole of Antarctica attracting around 35,000 visitors each season and it is where around 70,000 postcards are posted each year to be sent to over 100 different countries around the world.

Items sent from the Penguin Post Office which can be found on Goudier Island take approximately six weeks to reach their destination. Apparently sending a postcard from Antarctica to the UK costs only 65p which is great value considering that it has to travel 9,000 miles to reach its destination!

Found some 700 miles south of the Chile and Argentina coastlines, the Penguin Post Office is run by the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust on behalf of the Government.

Immensely popular with tourists arriving on cruise ships, Port Lockroy is said to be home to around 3,000 gentoo penguins who return each year to find a mate and raise their young.

It was way back in 1873 that Port Lockroy was first discovered by German Edward Dorman. At that time it was identified as an ideal place to anchor and shelter from storms at sea as well as the perfect location to enable whalers to process their catch.

The first transmission of Natural World: Penguin Post Office was aired in July last year providing a fascinating insight into how Gentoo penguins at Port Lockroy share their home with UK Antarctic Heritage Trust staff working in the world’s southern most Post Office.

Tonight, a TV documentary to be aired in the US will again tell the story of this fascinating remote outpost and historical site.

 

 

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