Deception Island is a totally magnificent place and this was another amazing journey on planet earth, almost James Bond style as we waited on deck. What lay ahead was the boat having to squeeze its way through a narrow passage called Neptune’s Bellows so that we could get inside Deception Island. There was a sense of wonder all around.
It was cold and chilly on deck and a wee bit windy. A brave crowd had gathered on deck to view our narrow entrance through the slim channel 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.
And the entrance is like going into the letter “c” so this was a special slow motion part of the Antarctica adventure, another exciting time to be up on deck as the captain, Bulgarian Asparuh Chorbadzhiev sailed us into the narrow entrance at Neptune’s Bellows.
It was one of a few times I visited the Bridge during the sailing and it was quite busy – everyone wanted to hear and watch the captain at work in what is a tricky job.
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.
Despite strong winds, the captain steered the boat calmly through Neptune’s Bellows and into Deception Island where a magical experience lay ahead. This was an amazing journey!