Harpoon cannon on the grounds of the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England

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  • This harpoon cannon and accessories were collected at South Georgia during salvage work aboard RMAS Throsk. Between 1989 and 1991 Roy Martin and Lyle Craigie-Halkett, through their company Marine Salvage Services, organised a clean-up of the four major whaling stations on the South Atlantic island of South Georgia. The island had been the site of the beginning of the Falklands conflict and the Argentinian scrap merchants acquisitions remained. The operation was carried out in three phases. Firstly the two directors did a survey of the stations over Christmas 1989, from HMS Endurance. Then Lyle Craigie-Halkett, his son and two others returned in early 1990 to do the preparatory work. Finally using a UK government ship, RMAS Throsk, which they manned and operated, the main operation was carried out during the southern summer 1990/91. Text courtesy Heather Lane, Librarian and Keeper of Collections, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England. SPRI ref (Y: 89/2).

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